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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/19/2011

How to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday

By Alexandra Petri

Today is Edgar Allan Poe's 202nd birthday! And, like many of his characters, he's managed to remain alive long after his death. Here are some ways to celebrate this somewhat local literary legend:

  • Go into the office of someone who is trying to work and ominously croak "Nevermore."

  • Convince all your friends that you've died, then emerge from your vault just as they're reading something scary. For an extra surprise, undermine the structural integrity of their home so it breaks in half right after you do this.

  • Throw a claustrophobia-themed party with a mosh pit -- and a mosh pendulum.

  • Entomb your frenemy in a catacomb.

  • Hide a live cat in the wall's of someone's home.

  • Instead of yelling at your neighbors downstairs to keep it down, blame the pounding from below on the still-beating heart of the man you just killed.

  • Write a poem with a lot of repetition in it that is probably an allegory for death, but could just be about how much you enjoy bells.

  • Party at Usher's house!

By Alexandra Petri  | January 19, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Petri, Top Lists  | Tags:  birthday, edgar allan poe  
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Posted by: hertellingheart | January 19, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

These are all good suggestions, but instead of quothing ravens, I prefer to stay home and tintinnabulate.

Posted by: divtune | January 19, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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