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Horn & Hardart coffee can still holds sway over city elections

It felt like the fate of Philadelphia rested with a small brown-and-orange tin Wednesday morning, as contenders for office gathered in City Hall.  

  • Using a Horn & Hardart container for the drawing that determines ballot order — which studies show can be influential in deciding election victory — is one of Philly’s decades-old political traditions

As candidates picked their numbers, and a relative unknown snagged the top mayoral spot, some voiced complaints about the process, Kira Wang reports.

→ Keep the coffee can of destiny?

The Horn & Hardart coffee can awaits its pivotal role in City Hall. (Kira Wang/Billy Penn)

Philly and Uncle O’Grimacey, the Shamrock Shake mascot

As Shamrock Shake season comes around, so does the rumor that Philly deposed the onetime mascot for the sippable McDonald’s treat.

  • Uncle O’Grimacey was said to hail from the plains of Ireland. The green monster was introduced in the 1970s, around the time the shake soared in popularity, thanks to a connection with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The mascot was soon discontinued — which the internet credits to pro-IRA comments made by a Philly actor playing the character.

→ Jordan Levy looks into the urban legend

Uncle O’Grimacey, the short-lived uncle of Grimace. (Facebook/Filming in McDonaldland)

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A day of Rebuild activities for Mayor Kenney. He kicks off the long-awaited $7 million renovation of Kingsessing Library at a groundbreaking ceremony in Southwest Philly (9 a.m.), then swings out to Port Richmond for a ribbon cutting at Frank Glavin Playground (3:30 p.m.).


🌮 BP Quizzo: Join Billy Penn for a night of local trivia with Taco Tuesday deals! We’ll be at Pistolas Del Sur on East Passyunk, handing out prizes for high scores and best team name. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21)

🎸 Skip the shamrocks and go for old school rock ‘n’ roll at The Trestle Inn’s happy hour dance party featuring tunes by the Rolling Stones. (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17)

👗 Shop arts, crafts, jewelry, vintage clothing and other goods from 80 local vendors at the Now + Then Lucky Ducky Market popping up next to Yards and Target on Spring Garden. (12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18)