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Green chili (chili with an 'i' at the end, as opposed to chile with an 'e' at the end) might be one of a couple things:

1) A misspelling of green chile, which is a word for a New Mexican dish as well as a word for the principal ingredient in both that dish and many other New Mexican dishes.

2) Some kind of chili recipe which uses ingredients that lend it a green color. These could include chili having as an ingredient actual green chile (which ingredient is correctly spelled with an 'e', even as the recipe is spelled with an 'i' at the end), or, as is more likely the case with people who use the 'chili' spelling, having green tomatillo as an ingredient.

When people refer to "New Mexico green chili" they more often than not are making a spelling error. Or, worse, they mean tomatillo and they intend to inflict something on consumers that has nothing to do with New Mexico, and they are using "New Mexican" simply as a marketing buzzword, without understanding what…

There are times you read a book and you forget everything about it - its name, author, colour; everything except maybe a single sentence or character. Long ago, I read a book that had a comparison of Islam and Christianity. The bit I remember is about how Islam has lots of detailed rules because its founder was a trader, and thus concerned with standardization. Trading requires consistency in measurements, contract terms and standards of quality. Thus, this background was instrumental in…

In The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Helcaraxë is an inhospitable region of perpetually shifting pack ice known in the Common tongue as "Grinding Ice" and in Elvish as "Ice Fangs." This region provided the only crossing of the great sea Belegaer that was traversable on foot. Because of this, it was used as an escape route for Morgoth and Ungoliant when fleeing the Valar during the First Age, and it was used again as a path of exodus by Fingolfin to…

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 22 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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