Why do we give apples to teachers?

These days, it’s more likely for a teacher to be seen with an Apple iPad on her desk than a Golden Delicious. But it wasn’t that long ago that giving a crisp, shiny apple to a teacher on the first day of school was common practice. But where did this tasty tradition start? The true origin is mostly a mystery, though we do know that the apples have long served as a symbol of knowledge and education. From Greek references to a divine fruit that helped Hippomenes win a race for Atalanta’s hand, to Adam and Eve’s lesson of right and wrong, apples have been at the core of human history for a very long time. So how did they wind up on the desk of teachers in America? Gifting fruit has long been associated with surviving hardships throughout history. In the 1700s, poor families in Denmark and Sweden gave…

Catfish is Not a Crime: Best Places to Eat Catfish during the Stanley Cup Playoffs

If you’re a fan of the NHL, you’re probably familiar with the Octopus toss at Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Detroit Red Wings. That tradition started in the 1950’s during a Red Wing playoff run. The Nashville Predators began mimicking the Octopus tradition in October of 2003, during a game against the Red Wings, by throwing catfish onto the ice at their home rink, Bridgestone Arena. And the tradition has continued. Most recently it caused a spectacle at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when Jacob Deveral Waddell, 36, of Nolensville, Tennessee tossed a dead catfish onto the ice of PPG Paints Arena and was promptly escorted out of the game. The incident prompted local, popular fish market owners to take extraordinary steps to ensure the catfish fling doesn’t get out of control. “You have to show your ID if you want to buy catfish here,”…