‘The Great Indoors’ with Tracy Briggs appears every Thursday in The Forum. For more information go to her blog at thegreatindoors.areavoices.com.
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FARGO — Kristen Kerber just got a tattoo — hardly a newsworthy event since she has nine others. But what's important is not that the 28-year-old bank trainer got another one, but what the scripted words now inked on her thigh say: "Nevertheless, she persisted." One year ago, those three little words didn't have any particular meaning, but after a turbulent presidential election and the fallout from it, they carry enough weight to inspire hundreds — if not thousands — of women to have the words become a permanent part of their bodies.
FARGO — Area Starbucks fans are jumping on the unicorn bandwagon. Sales have been brisk for the just-released Unicorn Frappuccino — a pink, purple, blue, swirly, sparkly blended beverage the company calls "mystical" and "magical." But does it live up to the billing? I went to Starbucks to find out. The barista said they had had a run of the beverages in the first hours it was for sale on Wednesday, April 19. And while Starbucks is offering the Unicorn Frappuccino until Sunday, April 23, she wasn't sure their supply would even last that long.
FARGO — Here we go again, another crazy day to celebrate this April. April 20 is Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Why? We do not know. But let's enjoy a look back to this vintage cake invented in 1903 but popularized in 1925 when the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now the Dole Company) held a baking contest seeking pineapple recipes. After seeing that so many people turned in recipes for pineapple upside down cake, company president Jim Dole decided to run with it and used the recipe to help sell his fruit. The cake peeked in popularity in the 1950s and '60s.
FARGO — I asked myself many questions as I drove the car to my first experience in a sensory deprivation tank. What's the big deal about floating in a big tank of salt water? Will I see health benefits? Will I feel claustrophobic in there? Is anybody going to see me in my bathing suit?
FARGO — It's not often that the humble little saltine cracker would get invited to Easter dinner. After all that's where far more decadent foods like glazed ham, au gratin potatoes and buttery rolls hang out. But this year, the cracker normally reserved for chicken noodle soup and sick days has earned its place at the table.
FARGO — When it comes to prom now versus prom in the 20th century, much has changed. Not only are kids today staging elaborate promposals, they're spending a ton of money on dresses, tuxes, hair, makeup, food and limos. According to VISA, the average American teen (or parents of that teen) spends more than $900 on prom. Way back when, your date might ask you to prom over the avocado green landline phone, buy you a corsage, pick you up in his Dad's Buick and call it good.
FARGO — Sometimes people ask me how I get my ideas for "The Great Indoors." Most of the time, it's pretty easy, especially as we approach notable foodie times times of the year like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Super Bowl party time. But what kind of recipe should I share on a random Thursday in early April? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?
WEST FARGO — One of the largest fireworks organizations in the world is once again coming back to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds and will put on several nights of fireworks shows for the public. The Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) is hosting its 45th annual convention "Kaleidoscope of Fire" at the fairgrounds off Main Avenue in West Fargo. During the convention, PGI members from around the country will offer multiple opportunities to learn skills through technical seminars and classes scheduled during the week.
FARGO — Many people have hundreds of pictures cluttering their cellphones. According to the photo website 1000memories, "Every two minutes today, we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s." Even though many of these photos won't ever be printed, some will end up framed and displayed on our walls. So how do you use photos to decorate your home without making your walls look as cluttered as the camera roll on your iPhone? Designers say there are a few key things to think about. Height
FARGO — Let's be honest, April Fool's Day isn't much of a holiday. It's more of an annoyance, really. You go through the day questioning everything you see and hear from pranksters who revel in the day. Even news people get a little goofy this time of year. The most famous April Fools' Day prank in history happened in 1957 when the BBC ran a news report showing Swiss farmers picking cooked spaghetti off of trees. The "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" segment caused phone lines to jam with people asking where they could buy a spaghetti plant.