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Interesting Facts About Mark Twain
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Halloween Weather Forecast 2017
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How to Make a Pumpkin Seed Necklace
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Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks
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When is Yom Kippur 2018?
When is Yom Kippur 2018, what is Yom Kippur, and why do Jewish celebrate this special holiday? When...
When is Rosh Hashanah 2018?
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Full Moon for March 2018
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When Is Easter 2018?
When is Easter 2018? What is the true meaning of Easter Sunday? Why does the date of Easter change...
When Is the Next Friday the 13th?
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Full Moon for September 2018
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Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed
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Autumnal Equinox 2018: First Day of Fall
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American Flag Etiquette, Rules, and Guidelines
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October Birthstone: Color and Meaning
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Full Moon and Good Luck
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When is Labor Day 2018?
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Full Moon for June 2018
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Independence Day (USA): Fourth of July
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When is Earth Day 2018?
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When is Father's Day 2018?
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When Is Memorial Day 2018?
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When Is the Start of Passover 2018?
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Full Moon for July 2018
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Five Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
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When Is Grandparents Day 2018?
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What Day is Mother's Day 2018?
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When is the Start of Ramadan 2018?
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When is Presidents' Day 2018?
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Best Days for the Month of October 2017
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Gardening by the Moon's Sign October 2017
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The Month of October 2017: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
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The Month of September 2017: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
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