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Foreign Tradition: Irish Wake

Do you use alcohol to cope with stress, unpleasant news, or just general sadness? Then an Irish wake is the perfect way to spend one night to start the mourning process of a dearly departed friend or family member.  For many of us, death is a saddening experience filled with crying and depression. The Irish […]

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Party Theme: Toga!

What screams Greek Life more than drinking? Adding togas to the mix.  A toga party may very well be the simplest party theme to dress for. All you need is a bed sheet or some similar large piece of fabric to wrap around like toga. Turn Up Tip: Don’t feel like you’re limited to white or off-white fabric choices. You actually stand […]

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Hangover Cures: Seven of the World’s Weirdest

It is Sunday morning. The sun is too bright. Your head pounds with each tick of the clock—and yours is digital. You feel queasy, are sweaty with exhaustion, and peach fuzz has sprouted on your tongue overnight. You have a ten-page paper due in twenty-four hours, but you’d be lucky to churn out just one […]

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Foreign Celebration: Kidnap the Bride (Romani/Gypsies)

The Romani (“gypsies”)—not to be confused with Romanians—have a peculiar centuries-old tradition. To begin the married life, the groomsmen or bridesmaids kidnap the bride-to-be by whisking her away during the wedding day in a vehicle. The kidnapping entourage head to a hideaway spot, where they unload and take good-humored “ransom” pictures of the bride and […]

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Foreign Celebration: Polterabend

Have a friend with a tendency to break things? This German matrimonial custom will let that inner klutz shine. Polterabend (from poltern, or “making noise”; and Abend, or “evening”) is a one night German wedding porcelain-breaking tradition dating back to pre-Christian times. The Germans have long believed that shards bring luck (Scherben bringen Glück), since a full jar was associated […]

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How-To: Sneak in “Party Favors”

(Winter 2013-2014) You may have noticed that the temperatures have recently plummeted. Turn Up salutes the efforts of those who continue to brave black ice and wintry conditions. To make it easier on your wallet to get turnt in clubs and bars offering only pricey drinks and fare, Turn Up’s team has assembled the below five ways to sneak in party […]

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What the Drink You Order Says About You

You and your friends settle down into your cushy barstools. Two tables over, a whiskey snob yaps on nonstop about how to smell, sip and savor whiskey based on the type of glass s/he’s holding. You’re thinking, Wow, this person overanalyzes his or her drink. What else does s/he overanalyze? You then find yourself thinking, […]

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How to Make Kool-Aid® Wine

Not quite ready to (illegally) distill moonshine? Don’t have the room or equipment for beer-making? No worries. Test your DIY skills with this homemade Kool-Aid® wine recipe.     What You Need: (1)  A minimum of three weeks’ time. Better-tasting product for those who wait longer. (2)  Equipment: a)  Two pots. One is for disinfecting equipment. The other, […]

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