Peculiar holidays: part 3

This is the final part of a three-part series about how some of our most celebrated holidays and traditions have developed from strange and forgotten roots. We come to expect certain things without questioning where they came from or how they turned into what they are today. New Year’s Day holds a few of its own surprising origins.

The Real World leaves Portland

Why reality TV doesn’t belong here

After disrupting the city with cameras and augmented reality television personalities, the 28th season of MTV’s The Real World seems to have finally left Portland. For myself and many other Portlanders like me, this also means a welcome relief from the types of people such a show appeals to.