April Fools’ Day 2021: Cauliflower Peeps, Duolingo toilet paper and more pranks (CNET)

CNET: April Fools’ Day 2021: Cauliflower Peeps, Duolingo toilet paper and more pranks. “April 1 is typically a day for silly jokes, and companies have put a lot of effort into trying to make people laugh. Last year was an exception, but some brands are venturing back into the realm of April Fools’ Day for 2021. We’re keeping an eye on the shenanigans all day and will update with the latest knee-slappers as they appear.”

New York Times: White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled again because of the pandemic.

New York Times: White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled again because of the pandemic.. “The event was canceled for the second year in a row over concerns about large gatherings. President Biden’s cautious benchmark — small gatherings by July 4, if Americans keep to social distancing protocols and receive vaccines when they are offered — comes well after the Easter holiday and nowhere near the usual capacity for the egg roll, which draws up to 30,000 people to the White House grounds.”

CNN: Chicago surprises the city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick’s Day after saying the event was canceled

CNN: Chicago surprises the city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick’s Day after saying the event was canceled. “The green river wasn’t supposed to flow for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this year, but the city surprised its residents by carrying on the tradition unannounced. To help curb crowds again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chicago officials canceled the annual dying of the Chicago River event — a longstanding St. Patrick’s Day tradition. On Friday, the Chicago Sun Times lamented the lack of green for the holiday this year. However, Saturday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot shared an image on her Twitter account announcing that the river was being be dyed that morning in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.”

Internet Retailing: Cadbury launches Google-map powered Worldwide Hide virtual Easter Egg hunt

Internet Retailing: Cadbury launches Google-map powered Worldwide Hide virtual Easter Egg hunt. “As Easter approaches, chocolate company Cadbury has launched ‘Cadbury Worldwide Hide’ – a virtual Easter egg hiding experience where consumers can hide an Easter egg anywhere in the world for someone they love. Using Google Maps Street View, the hider can hide an easter egg anywhere in the world and then share a personalised clue with a loved one to help them find their egg. The recipient will then be sent the clues to help them find the virtual Easter Egg.”

Gizmodo: Google Celebrates Pi Day With a Cute Calculator Easter Egg

Gizmodo: Google Celebrates Pi Day With a Cute Calculator Easter Egg. “The yearly celebration of the mathematical constant π or pi, aka the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (and here I thought I’d never get a chance to use 9th-grade geometry in real life!). It falls on March 14 because pi written out numerically is 3.14… and then goes on forever because irrational numbers just roll that way. In observance of this pseudo-holiday, Google hid a nerdy little Easter egg in Chrome’s calculator.”

IrishCentral: Irish culture goes online this St. Patrick’s Day

IrishCentral: Irish culture goes online this St. Patrick’s Day. “Missing the big St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue this year? You’re not alone. At this point, many of us can’t remember what a public event looks like, never mind what a freshly poured Guinness looks or tastes like. So to take your mind off the pandemic blues why not catch the over one Irish hundred artists who will be featured in Culture Ireland’s SEODA, an online global celebration of Irish culture that runs March 17-21, 2021.”

AP: Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned

AP: Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned. “Brazil is still recording an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day from the pandemic and as in many countries, immunization campaigns have been lagging. The Sambadromes of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo that normally throb with partying this time of year after being used as vaccination stations.”

Boing Boing: Mardi Gras spirit perseveres with “Yardi Gras” house floats

Boing Boing: Mardi Gras spirit perseveres with “Yardi Gras” house floats. “Although COVID-19 has grounded the traditional Mardi Gras parades and celebrations this year, New Orleans will always find a way to party (albeit with less titties and barfing in the streets). Artists are transforming houses across the city into ‘stationary floats’. The idea started as a joke on social media and has grown into a citywide phenomenon. Participating neighbors plan to play music and/or throw beads to passers-by from their front porches or yards, all while safely social distancing.”

BuzzFeed News: 50 Children Took Pictures With A Santa And Mrs. Claus Who Then Tested Positive For COVID

BuzzFeed News: 50 Children Took Pictures With A Santa And Mrs. Claus Who Then Tested Positive For COVID. “Long County, which has a population of about 20,000 people, had a positivity rate of 11% between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9… according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Though children are less likely to become severely ill from COVID-19, they are not immune from the virus and can still spread it to others. It was not immediately clear whether the Clauses or the children were wearing masks for the pictures or if anyone else may have been exposed.”

Mashable: How to host a virtual New Year’s Eve party

Mashable: How to host a virtual New Year’s Eve party. “Yeah, we know, we know. This year is unlike any other; unprecedented; blah blah blah. By now, we’ve more than resigned ourselves to the fact that New Year’s Eve won’t be rung in with a night in Times Square and a giant ball drop. (Did anyone ever really enjoy that anyway?) Like everything else, we’re moving our New Year’s Eve celebrations online. If that sounds impossible to you, we’ve got all the tips on how to pull it off below.”

Pitchfork: Radiohead Launch Digital Holiday Cards

Pitchfork: Radiohead Launch Digital Holiday Cards. “Radiohead have launched a line of characteristically apocalyptic digital greeting cards via their online archive. The design patterns include ‘LA-LA,’ ‘LA LA,’ and ‘LAA,’ while the inner messages contain such sentiments as “Hope for the future,” ‘Everything is rosy,’ and ‘In lieu of emptiness.’ ‘This festive card is for you to make and send to acquaintances new and old,’ reads a note. ‘No element of data placed onto it will be stored by Radiohead.’”

New York Times: Yes, People Are Traveling for the Holidays. Stop Shaming Them.

New York Times: Yes, People Are Traveling for the Holidays. Stop Shaming Them.. “While some people may have legitimate reasons to be upset (say, if they were infected by a co-worker who refused to wear a mask or stay home after developing flulike symptoms), anger and hectoring are rarely the way to make things better. Shaming others might make you feel good about yourself, but it rarely corrects bad behavior. Indeed, it often backfires. It can harden feelings and drive bad behavior underground. That’s exactly what we don’t want.”