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Move Over, Firefighters: NYC Cabbies Put Out Own Calendar

Taxi drivers decide it's time to take a spin as pinups

(Newser) - New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy? That's the tongue-in-cheek goal of a quirky pinup calendar featuring a dozen New York City taxi drivers smirking and smoldering in provocative poses in and around their yellow cabs,...

Leap Year Doesn't Actually Happen Every 4 Years

And other fun tidbits about how Feb. 29 throws a wrench in the calendar

(Newser) - Every four years, we get to celebrate leap year, with an extra day tacked onto the end of February to keep our calendar in sync with the solar year—the amount of time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the sun, or about 365.242159 days, per the...

Why Amy Schumer Posed for 'Ugly, Sexy' Nude Pic

The Pirelli Calendar departs from usual soft-core photos

(Newser) - Amy Schumer, posing in her undies with tummy folds? Serena Williams, similarly dressed while showing off her buff physique? The Pirelli Calendar—which usually shows skinny models and actresses in soft-core poses—is breaking from tradition this year by using photos of successful women across various fields, the Daily Beast...

Symmetry-Lovers, Rejoice: It's Palindrome Week!

That means the dates read the same forwards as backwards

(Newser) - Ah, "kayak." Or "Was it a car or a cat I saw?" Or the date, "5.10.15." They're all palindromes—meaning they can be read the same forward as backward—and this week's dates are stock full of them, USA Today reports....

Ohio Rest-Home Residents Strip Down for Calendar

All in the name of charity

(Newser) - Helen Mirren unfortunately isn't involved, but she'd likely approve of Akron's very own version of Calendar Girls. Residents of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living—women in their 80s and 90s—have bared all in the name of charity. And as the AP tells it, the $12 calendar...

Cleveland Baby Born at 10:11, 12/13/14

It was the last sequential date for at least 20 years

(Newser) - Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Hazel Grace was born Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland's Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she'd be born on Saturday's special date, but they didn't know she'd...

World's Oldest Calendar Discovered in Scotland

 World's Oldest Calendar 
 Discovered in Scotland 
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World's Oldest Calendar Discovered in Scotland

Predates previous 'oldest' by 5K years

(Newser) - The oldest calendar known to exist was created some 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia—but it's looking positively youthful in the face of a new find in northern Scotland. A dig at Warren Field in Aberdeenshire in 2004 is just now giving up its secrets, with archaeologists revealing...

Moms Undress to Fund a School Bus

Calendar may counteract Spanish austerity measure

(Newser) - From economic austerity to ... a semi-nude calendar? Yep, mothers in Spain have stripped down for a racy calendar in the hope of raising $57,000 to fund a children's school bus, the Telegraph reports. "I'll do anything for my child and If I have to undress, because...

World Marks 12-12-12
 World Marks 12-12-12 

World Marks 12-12-12

Triple date celebrated in dozens of ways

(Newser) - If 12 is your lucky number, today is as good as it gets. This is 12-12-12, the last repeating date of its kind any of us are likely to ever see, and the superstitious are marking it in a lot more than 12 ways, the AP reports. Huge numbers of...

Ryanair Asks Crews to Lose Weight to Cut Fuel Costs

Amid other desperate attempts to reduce weight on flights

(Newser) - With fuel costs on the rise, Ryanair is desperately trying everything it can think of to shave some weight off its planes—including slimming down its in-flight magazine, serving less ice, and even telling its flight crews to watch their weight, the Telegraph reports. "We cut costs wherever possible,...

Why Leap Years Don't Happen Every 4 Years

There's one exception to the rule

(Newser) - Why do we have leap years? Basically, to ensure that there's a better chance you'll see snow on Christmas than falling leaves. "If we didn't have leap years, our calendar would be totally scrambled," explains a worker at America's timekeeper, Washington DC's US...

Friday the 13th to Occur 3 Times in 13 Weeks
Friday the 13th to Occur
3 Times, 13 Weeks Apart
how freaky

Friday the 13th to Occur 3 Times, 13 Weeks Apart

First time since 1984

(Newser) - It's not just the Mayan calendar that's raising 2012 worries—our own calendar is stoking fear, too. This year, there are three Friday the 13ths, compared to the usual two. That last happened in 2009. What's even stranger is that exactly 13 weeks pass between the first...

No More Leap Years? Profs Suggest Calendar Overhaul

Your birthday would always fall on the same day of the week

(Newser) - Two Johns Hopkins professors say they've got a new calendar system that would simplify all our lives. Calendar dates would always fall on the same day of the week—so if your birthday is on a Tuesday this year, it would be that way forever—and leap years would...

Why Today Is Oddest Day of the Year

7/9/11 has a rare numerical calendar quirk

(Newser) - Celebrate! Today's a holiday. Sort of. July 9, 2011, is one of only six dates this century that will form a string of consecutive odd numbers when written down numerically, AOL News notes. As in, 7/9/11. The previous ones were 1/3/05, 3/5/07, and 5/7/09. The two in the future...

'Runt Month' February Gets No Respect
 'Runt Month' 
 February Gets 
 No Respect 


'Runt Month' February Gets No Respect

Philip Hill offers a way to fix the problem: change the calendar

(Newser) - February has consistently gotten the short shrift among calendar months: It was among the last months to be invented, in 700 BC, its mere 28 days sandwiched between months named for powerful gods—while it "commemorates a pagan fertility and purification festival celebrated by flogging women with animal skins,...

Think Tank Taps Bachmann as 'Miss November'

Conservative group's calendar also features Prejean, Coulter

(Newser) - A conservative think tank's calendar of "Great American Conservative Women" features a relative newbie: Michele Bachmann. The Minnesota lawmaker, who was elected to Congress in 2006, appears in the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute's calendar as "Miss November." The calendar also features Carrie Prejean, Michelle Malkin, and...

Mormon Hunks Have Church Up in Arms

Maker of Mormon calendar excommunicated

(Newser) - An entrepreneur who says his aim was to improve the image of Mormons has been excommunicated by the church for publishing a calendar with photos of shirtless members of the faith. The “Men on a Mission” calendar doesn’t “tear down the beliefs of the church at all,...

Ryanair Pin-Ups Don't Fly With Feminist Groups

Company vows to defend a 'girl's' right to take off her clothes

(Newser) - Feminist groups have slammed as sexist a pin-up calendar of stripped-down Ryanair flight attendants the budget airline has published to raise money for charity, reports Der Speigel. The calendar features employees in barely-there bikinis getting up close and personal with airplane parts. The Institute for Women in Spain, where the...

Friend Markets Palin Calendar
 Friend Markets Palin Calendar 

Friend Markets Palin Calendar

Photo who was deputy to Wasilla mayor delves into album to tap zeitgeist

(Newser) - A friend of Sarah Palin’s is cashing in on the mania for the candidate with a calendar, the Los Angeles Times reports. Photographer Judy Patrick, who was also Palin’s deputy mayor in Wasilla, Alaska, snapped Palin playing hockey and holding a shotgun. She gave some photos to the...

Smart Software Programs Write Your To-Do Lists

Schedule events, reminders from text or voice statements

(Newser) - Busy? A new kind of online organizer works like a personal assistant, interpreting loose statements—like “have brunch with Margaret on Sunday"—and turning them into scheduled events on users’ calendars. Free programs like Presdo, IWantSandy and reQall use natural language processing to organize casually written, and sometimes...

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