Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
"Harry Potter" forever stamps are now on sale at the US Postal Service. But not everyone is excited about it. The Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee is very angry about the stamp. The committee usually suggests who should be on the stamps, but they did not suggest Harry Potter. Critics say the USPS has gotten a little too into pop culture.
Australian swimmers are not the best behaved of folks. This was a big story during the London Olympics, terms like bullying and drunken were applied to the Australian swim team. They did apparently bring this upon themselves to the point that their own Australian Olympic Commission issued new guidelines for the consumption of alcohol for the next Olympics. They are still allowed to drink, but they're not allowed to behave in a boorish, drunken manner, that includes: being argumentative, bad tempered or using offensive language, swaying, staggering or falling down, speech which is loud and boisterous, having rambling conversations, having difficulty in paying attention or comprehending others, and annoying fellow team members.
This Buzzfeed post caught our eyes this week. It's called Surprising Facts About Thanksgiving. For one, 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is made at one plant in Morton, Illinois, the Libby's Plant, and that's enough for 90 million pumpkin pies. The factory churns out cans 24 hours a day from mid-August through October when its closed for the season. Almost 3/4 of Americans serve store-bought cranberry sauce rather than homemade at Thanksgiving. There is a marshmallow plant, discovered by the Egyptians in 2,000 B.C. Now they're no longer made from the flower, they're made from gelatin and dyed a uniform bright white, and the dye is called artificial color Blue #1.