It’s pretty obvious that New York’s state fruit is the Apple, since its inhabitants so lovingly refer to it as the big one. What she lacks in metaphor she makes up for in abundance in autumn, where droves of New Yorkers and its visitors flock to the orchards to harvest the state’s most famous crop.
But what about New York’s other symbols and personality quirks?
On our MuddyUm writers’ call this past weekend, we learned that Rhode Island has a state mollusk.
Since New York has its share of lakes, rivers, and harbors, I figured we must have a mollusk…
This morning started out like any other morning. I got ready, made my coffee and breakfast, and sat down to read the news.
I started with a Buzzfeed personality quiz. I take one daily, as a meditative affirmation of my identity. It’s usually a great way to start the day.
Except for today. Today was different.
I ordered a full-course meal at Olive Garden to find out what Disney maid I was, and the result was life-altering for me.
It shook my entire world, and rocked me to my core. I got Carlotta, from The Little Mermaid.
I know! My…
So I *shockingly* did just that.
In fact, I ran face first, smack into the glass wall between two glass doors — even though one of them was propped open by my now laughing little brother whose voice I had blindly obeyed just seconds earlier.
I was in high school, excited to get into the theatre for a midnight premiere of a screen adaptation of one of my favorite book series.
My brother’s yell lit the firecracker of excitement inside me, but it was misdirected in a way that launched my face into a sheet of glass.
Hello, Real Dirt collectors! It’s been a while since we had a fresh scoop of Pet tails, so we figured it was time for another.
What are your pets thinking? What have they been up to lately? MuddyUm writers answer these questions and more, below! Just click the underlined titles to read more.
If you’re interested in writing a story to be considered for the next issue of Pet Palooza but don’t know where your tail begins, consider this writer’s prompt by MuddyUm Co-Editor (and Pet Newsletter curator) Sara Zadrima. …
When the world around us is on fire, both literally and figuratively, humor provides many of us with a nice outlet for coping. It brings us laughter, which is a beautiful stress reliever. Poking fun at larger than life news gives us a digestible and analytical way to process the serious history we are living through in real time. Political satire works our brains, pushing our analytical abilities one step farther to expose and criticize the powerful systems that run our society.
This newsletter includes a political humor writer’s prompt, as well as a round up of some hot takes…
In the wake of the recent attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol instigated by the Incumbent President himself amidst a raging pandemic, many platforms on the internet have stepped up and banished the dangerous, artificially orange-tinted white supremacist from using them to amplify his voice.
Facebook and Instagram took the lead, with a blog post from Mark Zuckerberg that condemned Trump’s use of his Facebook page to condone the Capitol riots and announced a ban of his accounts, at least until a peaceful transition of power is complete.
Twitter was close behind, permanently suspending Trump’s account. They were quickly followed…
Looking for some laughter this holiday season? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a sampler of MuddyUm’s fresh baked seasonal stories from our swashbuckling crew.
Happy Holidays! Stay safe and warm out there, mateys, and stay tuned for more editions of Holiday Humor. In case you missed it: check out MuddyUm’s Holiday Humor Vol. One!
A sampling of MuddyUm’s latest Christmas stories
Hello, pirates and fans of the Good Ship MuddyUm! Today, we raise our cups to the wiggle butts and purring floofs that make our sleeping quarters and our hearts livelier, fuller, and cozier.
Yes, folks! This Newsletter is volume 1 of our Pet Palooza. So, gather round, cozy up with your furrier loved ones, and get to reading this fun roundup of MuddyUm pet tales. Click the underlined titles below to read their corresponding stories, and be sure to check out the included writers’ prompts for some pet-themed inspiration.
If you hope to have a Pet story featured in Vol…
When my dad and I decide Sulley looks more sophisticated when she wears reading glasses, what is she thinking?
Is she rolling her mind’s eye at us, sighing about how silly we humans are? Is she just happy to be here, and enjoying the attention? Is she plotting our demise, or strategizing her plan to get into college and become a successful businesswoman? Does she hope for more out of this provincial life, or is she just hoping someone will put that weird rectangle down and give her a belly rub?
I wish I could get a glimpse of the…
Everyone knows Saint Nicholas comes to town to bring gifts to children in December, but did you know about his demonic counterpart, Krampus?
On the Eve of his very own Name Day, Lil ol’ Saint Nick arrives to stuff little gifts in the shoes of the angelic kiddos of the world. His lesser-known, half-goat, half-human, horned companion Krampus trails closely behind bearing birch twigs for whipping and an empty sack containing enough room to snatch the children who are beyond salvation. He famously takes them to his lair in the fiery depths of hell.
Some defiant kids can…
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