Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones, but Pins will Offend my Dignity: Relevant Random Fun

Random Fun Stuff:
  • A few days ago I wrote about NORAD's annual tracking of Santa Claus. Ever wonder how a major defense institution got into the business of tracking Santa? Turns out it was a wrong phone number printed in a newspaper in the mid 1950s that kicked off the annual tradition.

  • Some of our traditions around Christmas might seem a little odd to the uninitiated, like the American proclivity to dunk poultry in a potentially combustible vat of oil. We'll deep fry just about anything. But Europeans are not to be outdone in the odd tradition department. In Catalonia the holidays are particularly applicable to mothers of potty training toddlers, and centers around...poo. I'm not kidding.

  • A guilty pleasure is watching video clips on the Internet, and a list in the Washington Post of "The Ten Silliest Videos We Wasted Time Watching This Year" is great for a quick funny fix. My friend tells me that I may have found her son's future wife in the Star Wars According to a Three Year Old clip.

  • Manicurists may soon institute a ban on the i-Phone, as it is not very user friendly to women with long nails.

  • Do you know if you are late to work in NYC due to subway delays, they will write an excuse note for you?

  • In Australia, according to Reuters, "Teachers using red pen to mark students' work could be harming their psyche as the color is too aggressive, according to education strategies drafted by an Australian state government." I must have mangled my fellow yearbook staff in high school, where I was known as "Miss Red Pen, Editor in Chief."

  • Not so fun, more than it is absurd. People are now testing their children for specific sports genes. The plan is to direct them towards sports they will be more naturally inclined to.

  • Chuck E Cheese's is a rough scene in many communities throughout the country. One police officer remarked,"There's a biker bar down the street, and we rarely get calls there." The "place where a kid can be a kid," turns out to be more "the place where adults can be a jack..."

  • The headline on the Broadsheet blog on was a bit deceptive, "Bush is Back." Lo and behold when I read it, the "bush" was suffice it to say nothing to do with George W. Apparently the economy inspires cost cutting measures in every area.

  • Perhaps we Americans could be a tad more respectful of our national leaders, but it takes a thick skin to direct the free world. France's Nikolas Sarkozy doesn't seem to have this tolerance, and recently moved for removal of a voodoo doll likeness of himself being sold in France. The courts ruled that "voodoo dolls can still be sold by a publisher as long as they come with a warning that sticking pins in the toy is an affront to his dignity." Ever heard of the adage, he can dish it out, but can he take it? Apparently, non.

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