Napolean Dynamite's 12 Days Of Christmas
I Have to Admit...
A Birthday Balloon!
Have a Cracking Christmas!
Xmas Gullibility Test
How some of our holiday traditions found their place among the festivities of Christmas…
Wrapping paper, though not a new idea, was only commercialized in this century with the advent of cheap color printing. In Victorian times, people had to be creative. Starting simply with brown paper, they would glue on decorative pictures clippings or dried flowers, and would handwrite greetings to the gift's recipient. A spangle or a glossy ribbon would complete the personal touch. Toward the end of the 1800s, colored borders and cut-outs of Christmas motifs were produced for sale, marking the beginning of the holiday gift-wrapping business.
Centuries ago in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), a boy named Nicholas loved the story of the Magi, the wise men who traveled from afar to bring gifts to baby Jesus. He admired that they came and left with no fanfare. Years later, after Nicholas became a priest, he showed the same humility by quietly distributing food and gifts among the poor. Soon, however, he became known for his deeds. Yet this didn't affect Saint Nicholas, who continued to serve the poor until his death in the fourth century.
Boughs of Holly
Why do we deck the halls with boughs of holly? The small tree with decorative leaves and brilliant berries symbolizes peace and joy, and because it's an evergreen, it is associated with everlasting life. But most of the holly's symbolism relates to Christ's crucifixion rather than to His birth. Its sharp, pointy leaves represent the crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head by Roman soldiers. Its bright red berries stand for the drops of blood He shed on the cross.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
At a school in London's slums in 1843, Charles saw a swarm of faces--children young in years but in nothing else. He knew the look. As a 12-year-old, he had been forced to work in a shoe dye factory while his father served time in a debtors' prison. This dark spot in Charles' childhood led him to engage in social activism. And it inspired him to write a story about a mean miser, a goose dinner and a little boy with a crutch. His potent tale was an instant success. On the day of its release, 6,000 copies were sold. A century and a half later, its influence hasn't waned. Many a Scrooge-like attitude has been transformed by the power of Charles' Dickens', A Christmas Carol.
On New Year's Eve 1879, Thomas Edison unveiled his most famous invention--the light bulb. Only three years later, electric bulbs bedecked a Christmas tree for the first time in the house of the Edison Electric company president.
"Raps at the door and pulls at the bells," reported an English newspaper in 1841, "averaging one shilling per knock and ring." Such was the custom on the day after Christmas. Bellmen, street sweepers and postmen went door to door to call on their customers. Reciting a poem or offering a printed verse on fancy paper, they collected tips in a box. At the end of the day, the money was used to augment the year's slender wages. Now called Boxing Day, December 26 is an official holiday in many Commonwealth countries today.
In 1816, an Austrian priest penned a simple poem about Jesus' birth. His church organist set these words to music. Together, they premiered their song in 1818 at a Christmas Eve service. Soon after, they parted ways. The fruit of their collaboration would have been lost forever had an organ restorer not discovered the song's manuscript in the church loft in 1825. Today, Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber's Silent Night is one of the world's most treasured Christmas carol.
Emails regarding Christmas and New Years in Scotland:
Snow is fantastic, though rare enough round these Gulf Coast warmed parts to make it a rarity. I suspect I would get a bit hacked off with it if I suffered as much of it as happens in der US. But my family has always lived pretty near the coast, so snow is a treat. I remember being about eight years old hurtling down my granny's croft on a fertilizer bag, my face chapped by the onrushing air, bouncing and bumping to the shore. Christmas and Scotland are uneasy bedfellows. We didn't go for it until relatively recently, preferring to keep our powder dry for Hogmanay, so many of these traditions - eggnog and whatnot - are unknown to me. Our Christmas will be low key, as usual. Oh, just in case we don't "speak" before, have a wonderful Christmas and an awesome Hogmanay and new year.
I have no idea what a Hogmanay is, but I will do my best to have a good one. Oh, and try some eggnog. With a little rum.
Not a hogmanay, Hogmanay. It's just a big piss up, really. Anyway, I am off to source some eggnog and find an impressionable person to try it for me and report back. I am not one to rush into anything, unforwarned.
Are you considered tall and dark enough for first-footing? Do you indeed do that sort of thing? I might have to adopt the tradition? (That last one wasn't a question.)
Tall. Check. Dark. Check. Do I do it? Not so much. It still goes on, to a certain extent, up North, where everyone knows (a) each other and (b) who has the whisky. Down here, it's more of a freezing city centre free-for-all snog-athon. It is an excellent tradition. You should arrive with whisky, shortbread and, if you're very very traditional, a lump of coal (or peat) for the fire. You only qualify as a first footer if you are the first to arrive after the bells/midnight.
Build your own Carrot Man
I announced winners for the other one. Well, sort of.
Words I Don't Know: 'H'
harridan: a disagreeable old woman
hasp: a hinged metal fastener that fits over a staple
hawser: a cable used in mooring or towing a ship
heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions
hod: 1) a trough for transporting loads, as of bricks 2) a coal scuttle
hors de combat: out of action; disabled
And here for your amusement are 'H' words that I like to say out loud. For whatever reason:
Four Eyed Monsters
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When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
Ghandi used to be a Nazi before Chuck Norris Round House Kicked him in the face. Showing him that violence is not the answer.
Chuck Norris can eat soup with a fork.
All the Delta Force movies are in fact Chuck Norris' real life home videos.
A blind man once stepped on Chuck Norris' shoe. Chuck replied, "Don't you know who I am? I'm Chuck Norris!" The mere mention of his name cured this man's blindness. Sadly the first, last, and only thing this man ever saw, was a fatal roundhouse delivered by Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris is a sensitive soul who writes beautiful poetry under a female pseudonym. But if he ever catches you reading it, he'll kick your pansy ass.
Chuck Norris' favorite breakfast cereal is Kellog's Marbles n' Gravel.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
Chuck Norris does not live life on the edge; life lives on the edge of Chuck Norris.
And the list just goes on and on...
Fast-Food Scammer Busted
Which Ugly Famous Person Do You Look Like?
I also look like Charles Bronson. Sweeet!
(Steve found it first. I but stole from him.)
Watermelon Cocoa and Bus Breath
The Truth About Haggis
What To Do With Paper Snowflakes
Sweeping Generalization Thursdays
There's Something Suspicious About This...
thursday october 13, 2005
here just do it. Body: most people aren't sure of what they really want in life. I received this letter from a friend on the computer, did what it told me to, and within a week, everything I had wished came true!! Here's an exact copy, this really works!!!! 1. To yourself, say the name of the only guy or girl you wanna be with 3 times! 2. Think of something you wanna accomplish within the next week and say it to your self 6 times!! 3 . If you had 1 wish what would it be? say it to yourself 9 times!!! 4. Think of something that you want to happen between you and that 1special person and say it to your self 12 times!!! 5. Now, heres the hard part! Pick only 1 of these wishes and as you scroll down focus and concentrate on it and think on nothing else but that wish. Now make one last & final wish about that one wish that you picked. After reading this, you have 1 hour to send it out to 15 people, and what you wished for will come true within in one week! u only get one chance!!!!! Now scroll down and think of your crush!!! Keep going down Keep going Keep going !!!!!!!! Did you think of your crush? I hope so, that was your last chance. Now pay very close attention this important message! Sorry but once read, must be sent. Yes, this is one of those kinda chain letters that everyone hates. This one has been going since 1863 and if you break this chain, you will pay!!!!!! Remember that after hearing these stories. First Example: Take Barbra Wallace.. She was a pretty lucky girl, up till she got this same chain letter. She had a crush on the same kid since kindergarden. when she got this mail she didn't pay any attention to it. She just thought, no big deal. And deleted it. The next day her dad got fired and her mom dies in a car crash. If she would have sent the letter none of that would have happened and her mom would be alive. Second Example: Try Freddie D. Now Freddie D. was your average nerd. Had glasses, was short and chubby, was in gifted. All the signs of your total dork. He also received this letter and sent it to 51 people in the hour. Now, like Barbra, he had a crush on a girl since 3rd grade. The next day after sending the chain the girl confessed her love for him ever since 3rd grade. Freddie D. finally had the courage to ask her out, and of course, she had been waiting to yes to that for years. They grew up and married each other to live happily forever. Third Example: Now if you couldn't relate to the others, this'll get ya hooked. Listen to this. A kid named Jordan Johnson was just getting on AOL to check his mail. He was a quiet kid, not that popular but not a geek either. he was just normal. He saw he had mail from his friend. It was this exact letter. Now Jordan Johnsen was a smart kid and he knew what could happen if he didnt pass it on. He simply pulled a few friends from his buddy list and sent it along. The next day, about that same time, he got a phone call. It said he had won the lottery! then his dad came home and bought him a new bike! His mom bought him Nintendo64 and play station! His grandmother sent him a new computer, and his best friend gave him tickets to the concert he wanted to go to, Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit! Then he inherited a brand-new tv from his aunt! He was goin' wild! the next day his secret crush asked him out, and they have been going out ever since. Now, you heard the stories. I know which person i'd rather be, but thats up to you. I wouldn't wanna end up like Bar bra but thats only me. We all want what we cant have but now's ur chance to go out with that special somebody ur waiting for. Take it or leave it. If you send this to- 1 person- you will lose all luck in ur love life.....forever!!!!! 10 people- your crush will say they like you as a friend......ONLY!!!!! 15 people- your crush will say they like you 20 people- your crush will ask you out! 25 people- your crush will kiss you!! 30 people - Your crush will have sex with you 35 people or more- All of the above!! Don't blow it, it's ur chance to shine! Have everything u wanted, and more! Now, complaining cus u dont have any friends. Well theres an answer 4 everything. It's simple, just go in a chat room, pick some names and send away! but here's the catch.....you only have one hour to send it after being read. Please pass this to everyone you.. know
Crossing my fingers!!!!!
Words I Don't Know: 'G'
gaff: an iron hook used to land large fish
gamete: a reproductive cell (sigh, should've known it)
gasohol: a blend of ethanol and unleaded gas
gazateer: a geographic dictionary
gelid: icy cold; frozen
genera: plural of genus
gibbon: an ape with slender body and long arms
gibbous: humped, protuberant
glazier: one who cuts and fits window glass
glissade: a controled slide on ice or in ballet
gloze: to minimize; downplay
grackle: black bird with iridescent plumage (yes, graculus, that means you)
grandee: Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of the highest rank
gustatory: of the sense of taste
Mikey Likes the News
Like Mother Used to Make
I'm gonna have to go get lessons again.
Helpful Holiday Eating Advice
Year of the Skeptic
Are these at all accurate? Seriously. Find yours and tell me if they are true in the slightest.
Stuffed with Madeleines
Sweeping Generalization Thursday
I actually stole this off of some other person's page after googling generalization, but it seemed as a good a place to start as any.
Color Me Beautiful
The general principle is that the six digits are in fact three hex values (as a pair, each), first a red pair, then a green pair, then a blue pair. The pair is because it's base sixteen - so the leftmost digit of a pair is the 'units' and the rightmost digit of each pair is the 'tens' - except it's not tens, it's sixteens, because it's hexadecimal, not decimal. Next thing to remember is that it's an additive light source, not subtractive, so unlike mixing paint or ink, where the more stuff you put in, the darker it gets (because ink or paint acts as a filter in front of the paper, causing selective filtering and the paper reflects back what's left over), with a video colour display, the more 'stuff' you tell it to display, the brighter of that colour it'll give you. Greater of all three colours together will veer towards white, lesser of all three goes towards black, so that FFFFFF is white, (ie, FF of red, FF of green, and FF of blue = white) and 000000 is black.(remember, FF is hex, and if it were decimal, it'd be 255, which is the most amount of bits you can cram into a byte, which is where the limits at each end of the scale come from - the '#' is often used to indicate hex).After a while, you can take a rough stab at numbers being more or less what colour you think it might end up being. Mid grey is 7F7F7F ('cos 7F is the halfway mark between 00 and FF, in the same way that 128 is between 0 and 255). So, 7F (oh, let's round it up to 80), 00, 00 is half-bright red, no brightness of green, no brightness of blue. Sort of a blood red. Push the red value up a bit, to 90, 00, 00, or even beyond into A00000, the red becomes brighter. Full red is FF0000, but if you want to go even lighter, say, pinky colours, you add white. How? By putting some of the other colours in equally - so that FFC0C0 would be full red, about three quarters(!) brightness of green and blue respectively. Less saturated red, but still far more red than either of blue or green for them to influence the colour in those directions. After a while, you get the knack.
Additional links of colorly funness provided by Steve DeGroof:
HTML color picker
Color scheme Generator (very fun!)
and a HEX converter
YLSN(a)ED Word Search Puzzle
Listed according to donor:
Illegal Soapbox Derby
Women's Products Reviewed By Men
Penguin Warmer Campaign
What Gender Is Your Brain?
Google Maps WebCam Locator
Black Friday Ad Previews (Now over, of course)
Online Matchmakers Sued
Your Average Centerfold
Time Capsule Email
Handheld Laser Gun (You know, for kids!)
How To Clean Anything
Flying Bacteria Miracle
Will Blog for a Detention
Of Mice and Menus
Beer Cures Cancer
If you are attacked an Anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another. Tuck your chin in. The snake will come and begin to nudge and climb over your body. Do not panic. After the snake as examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles. Do not panic.The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly and with as little movement as possible reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the snake's mouth between the edge of its mouth and your legs. Then suddenly cut upwards, severing the snake's head. Be sure you have your knife. Be sure you knife is sharp.
Step Into The Closet
First this one (and then these if you're dedicated)
And then these ones (Scroll down the "Late Night" tab to "The Opera")
Everyman Goes to the Olympics
A. Jonathon Phillips.
That's right! My friend, and internet grandson, has got it into his addle-headed brain to compete in the 2012 Olympics. And he's going to raise $1,000,000 British Sterling for charity in the process. All he needs now are an event he can compete in and a host country to send him. Don't think he can do it? Just watch and see...
Words I Don't Know: 'F'
F-words that are fun to say:
For True Quote of the Day
Worst Album Covers Ever
Our Favorite Words
This is the only word I need to keep up my end of an entire hour-long telephone conversation with my sister. With intonation indicating the raised eyebrow, a slow, sympathetic nod of the head or enthusiastic agreement, all cued from the intonation at the other end. Never has any other word served me so well.
If Phil's sister is reading this, I think you should be rather offended.
I thought this was a joke...
There are whole gigantic web communities devoted to encouraging themselves and others to starve and be underweight and malnourished. Most, by their own admission, use it as a form of control for emotional pain that, obviously, cannot be controlled in this way. Most are teens although there are several blogs from "older" women in their twenties and thirties who claim that they can't give it up. New word for the day: "Thinspiration."
NaNoWriMo Prize Package!
Yep. That's about it.
Or I can put up this one if I like it better: