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There’s nothing quite like New Year’s Day in a Pennsylvania household as the smell of fermented cabbage emanates through the kitchen while you try to nurse your gnarly hangover. Pork and sauerkraut is a German custom that was brought over by the Pennsylvania Dutch who settled largely in the central and southcentral portions of the state. What's the origin of the tradition? It has to do with pigs "rooting forward," unlike chickens, who "scratch back." Seriously. Of course, plenty of other cultures have their own good luck dishes for Jan. 1, too.
Last year, Billy Penn culture editor Danya Henninger went full Mummer. She sewed a sequinned costume, attended frigid outdoor rehearsals, and strutted her way down the center of Broad Street. Here's 11 lessons she learned from marching for the first time. One takeaway: It's a lot more fun to be in the parade than it is to watch it.
The Eagles lost 6-0 to the Cowboys yesterday afternoon, to end the season at 13-3. They'll have a first round bye, and by the looks of Nick Foles and the offense, it'll probably be bye-bye after that. But Sunday's game wasn't a total loss. Last week we ranked the 17 most memorable moments in Philly sports in 2017, but who would have thought that on the last day of the year a man taking off his pants might have topped them all?