Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festivaland travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the event's bicentennial.
Randall was first and correct with:
Oktoberfest traditionally runs for 16 days
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until October 3 . Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the event's bicentennial.
Nine? New Braunfels, TX, holds an Oktoberfest that mirrors that of Munich. Texas is much more drunk, I'm sure.
Traffic on I-80 eastbound was horrible yesterday, with people trying to beat the holiday traffic, and multiple accidents. If we're ever given the order to evacuate, we're screwed.
On that note, happy last holiday of summer, people! Enjoy!
17 days ~ Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-18-day folk festival.
Joe S answered:
17-18 days, a helluva party. You know, I love beer. Good beer, not the mass market American crap. I love beer but I hate getting drunk so I drink Clausthaler non-alcoholic imported beer from Germany. Good stuff. In my youth I would drink the regular alcoholic beer, but only to be sociable. Sometimes I would get so sociable I could barely move. Carla cured me of that. She was a miracle worker. So that's my beer story.
Maybe those of you in SoCal knew about this. I did not. What a fascinating read and frightening insight into a human's brain. I mean, who does this? Brilliant minds, turned wrong by a wrongfully-heard comment.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
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CBS begins the night with 'A Football Life', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'Aquarius', then another FRESH'Aquarius'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN (from 12/05/15), with Ryan Gosling hosting, music by Leon Bridges.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
The CW offers a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', then a FRESH'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a RERUN'Hotel Hell', followed by another RERUN'Hotel Hell'.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Killer Confession', then another FRESH'The First 48: Killer Confessions', followed by the movie 'Flight 93'.
AMC offers the movie 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome', followed by the movie 'Tremors', then the movie 'Tremors 2: Aftershocks'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 1
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 2
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 3
[9:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 4
[10:30AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 11
[11:30AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 12
[12:30PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 1
[1:30PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 5
[2:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Drumhead
[3:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Half a Life
[4:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-The Host
[5:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-The Mind's Eye
[6:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-In Theory
[7:30PM] UNDERWORLD (2003)
[10:00PM] INTO THE BADLANDS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Snake Creeps Down
[11:00PM] INTO THE BADLANDS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Hand of Five Poisons
[12:00AM] UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION (2006)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Drumhead
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Half a Life
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-The Host
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-The Mind's Eye (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by the movie 'Delivery Man', then the movie 'Delivery Man', again.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', followed by the movie 'The Longest Yard', then the movie 'Fun With Dick & Jane'.
FX has the movie 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[7:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
[7:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
[8:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
[9:30AM] MARON-The Geographic
[10:00AM] MARON-The Bookstore
[1:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[3:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[5:30PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[10:30PM] SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL
[3:45AM] UNDEAD (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] My Week With Marilyn
[8:00AM] Girl With a Pearl Earring
[1:00PM] Rear Window
[3:30PM] The Birds
[9:00PM] The Birds
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Sharknados', followed by the movie 'Sharknado 2: The Second One'.
The Catacomb of Veils is burned as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Sept. 2, 2016.
Photo by Jim Urquhart
Leading broadcast personalities Anderson Cooper of CNN and NBC's Lester Holt are among the journalists tapped to moderate three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump (R-Pendejo), organizers said Friday.
Holt, who anchors the NBC Nightly News, will conduct the first debate on September 26 at Hofstra University in New York, according to the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
The second debate will be moderated by ABC journalist Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper, a 49-year-old broadcasting star who arrived at CNN in 2001 and began hosting his own show "Anderson Cooper 360" in 2003. The debate will take place on October 9 at Washington University in St Louis.
The third and final debate will be held on October 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
It will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News, who has spent more than 40 years in the industry and hosts "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace."
The first known television interview with South Africa's late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has emerged, featuring a bearded activist defiantly vowing to fight racism in footage believed to have dated from 1956.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, an NGO dedicated to Mandela's memory, said that the 24-second footage was probably filmed in 1956 during the "Treason Trial," which ended in 1961 with the acquittal of Mandela and dozens of others on charges of treason.
Mandela, who died in 2013 aged 95, became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to promote racial reconciliation in his racially scarred nation.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the interview took place at the Old Synagogue in Pretoria, where the Treason Trial was held and was broadcast on January 31, 1961 by a Netherlands television broadcaster, AVRO.
Previously, the first television interview with Mandela was thought to have been conducted in May, 1961, when he was in hiding. He would subsequently be arrested in 1962 and was only released from prison in 1990.
A Sikh man lights lamps at the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, to pay obeisance on the occasion to mark the 412th first installation anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Sept. 2, 2016. Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru, installed Guru Granth Sahib for the first time at the Golden Temple in the year 1604. The day is celebrated with religious sentiments and respect by the devotees.
Photo by Raminder Pal Singh
Now, thanks to a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter, you can "hear" what the planet's extreme auroras sound like.
NASA's Juno probe, which went into orbit around Jupiter in July, collected data about the radio emissions coming from Jupiter's auroras and beamed it back to Earth. Scientists then took the data and turned it into sound, allowing you to hear the eerie tone of Jupiter's powerful cosmic light show. (Skip to about the 20 second mark to get to actual sound of the auroras.)
The Arizona Republican Party on Friday defended its release of an Old West style wanted poster criticizing Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in her campaign for the Senate, after Democrats said the poster depicted bullet holes that are inappropriate and disturbing.
Kirkpatrick's campaign called the poster a "tasteless and ignorant stunt."
Kirkpatrick's campaign and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in separate statements said the poster's bullet holes amounted to inappropriate imagery related to violence. Giffords, a Democrat, left Congress after she was gravely wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt.
"There is absolutely no place for this disturbing imagery in Arizona politics," Kirkpatrick campaign manager Max Cross said.
Kirkpatrick is challenging Republican John McCain, who is seeking his sixth term and who won his party's nomination in Tuesday's Arizona primary. Kirkpatrick was unopposed.
Beekeeper Juanita Stanley woke up stunned Monday morning when she realized the familiar buzz at her South Carolina apiary had gone silent.
In an effort to control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, authorities over the weekend doused parts of the southeastern state with the controversial pesticide Naled -- a dose that proved fatal to millions of bees.
"Our family business has been destroyed by the aerial spray," Stanley said on the Facebook page of her Summerville, SC apiary, Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies. "Help us share the story, don't let our honey girls die in vain."
Along with her plea Stanley posted photos showing the clumps of dead bees and her team burning the boxes that had housed the hives.
The controversial pesticide Naled has been used in the United States since 1959 as a common tool for mosquito control, despite concerns about its risks for human and environmental health.
Residents of the 'free town' of Christiania in Copenhagen tear down cannabis-selling booths on its main street on Friday, two days after a shooting incident rocked one of Denmark's favourite tourist attractions, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept. 2, 2016.
Photo by Annabella Pultz Nielsen
Georgetown University apologized on Thursday for its historical links to slavery and said it would give an admissions edge to descendants of slaves whose sale in the 19th century helped pay off the U.S. school's debts.
The Washington-based university, run by the Roman Catholic Jesuit order, will create an institute to study the history of slavery at the school. It will also rename two buildings that had honored presidents who oversaw the 1838 sale of the 272 slaves, who had worked on church-affiliated plantations in Maryland.
"This original evil that shaped the early years of the republic was present here," Georgetown President John DeGioia told an audience that included descendants of the slaves.
The university will hold a Mass of reconciliation "in which we will seek forgiveness for our participation in the institution of slavery, specifically for the sale of 272 children, women and men who we should regard as members of our community."
The steps go further than those taken by other U.S. universities that are confronting their past association with slavery, including Harvard, Brown, Princeton and the University of North Carolina.
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.
"We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement.
Friday's decision primarily targets two once-ubiquitous ingredients - triclosan and triclocarban - that some limited research in animals suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria.
The 19 banned chemicals have long been under scrutiny, and a cleaning industry spokesman said most companies have already removed them from their soaps and washes.
The FDA said it will allow companies more time to provide data on three additional chemicals, which are used in most antibacterial soaps sold today.
Paul Lavoie of Derry, N.H., and Mike Suprin, of Rollinsford, N.H., dig clams at dawn, Sept. 2, 2016, at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine. The friends made an early-morning drive to Maine to catch the low tide.
Photo by Robert F. Bukaty
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $6,318,368; $100.15.
2. Beyonce; $5,735,568; $114.78.
3. Guns N' Roses; $5,562,718; $111.40.
4. Paul McCartney; $3,376,880; $123.27.
5. Kenny Chesney; $1,979,084; $70.87.
6. Dead & Company; $1,933,119; $76.06.
7. Justin Bieber; $1,636,195; $98.91.
8. Rod Stewart; $1,633,434; $106.52.
9. Sting / Peter Gabriel; $1,603,375; $112.19.
10. Rihanna; $1,313,166; $89.20.
11. Zac Brown Band; $1,221,180; $54.43.
12. Lionel Richie; $1,101,544; $93.74.
13. Iron Maiden; $1,081,016; $73.05.
14. Luke Bryan; $935,302; $52.53.
15. Mumford & Sons; $923,006; $56.03.
16. Dave Matthews Band; $904,382; $57.45.
17. Dixie Chicks; $880,046; $66.64.
18. The Cure; $852,850; $58.12.
19. Andre Rieu; $806,334; $80.24.
20. Carrie Underwood; $769,695; $66.66.
According to TMZ, the actor died after being taken off life support. He reportedly fell into to a coma on Sunday and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010. TMZ also reports that he suffered from arthritis and an infection from a recent surgery.
Born on Dec. 29, 1950, Polito studied acting at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He made his TV debut in the 1981 NBC miniseries "The Gangster Chronicles," playing Thomas "Three Finger Brown" Lucchese, after first breaking out on stage.
A young White Tern is seen on Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, during a visit by President Barack Obama.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster
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