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Day December 20, 2004

Worst Christmas Gift Ever?

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I work in a small office where it is traditional to give a small $5 to $10 dollar gift to each of our coworkers. (There are five of us.) One of my coworkers is gone for the week so she left my gift on my desk in a can with a small note saying Warning!! Homemade Present! (Pictured above). I opened the can and found inside something that perhaps may be the worst christmas gift ever given in recorded history. A Rubberband Ball???!!????

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Am I missing something here? Since when did taking office supplies and fashioning them into some geometric shape become something that you can pass off to a fellow coworker as a gift? To me it seems like she is saying, “I hate you so much that I am just going to give you a lump of rubber.” Am I off on this? Has anybody received something worse than elastics for Christmas?

Is this the worst gift ever?
Worst gift ever.
I’ve received worse.
It isn’t so bad.
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If you chose I’ve received worse, please put in the comments what it was. You have me curious.

Meat Air Freshener

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Bacon beats the smell of pine trees anyday of the week.

The Sgt. Pepper Cover

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This is a nice site.

Simply click on the face of the person you wish to know more about and you will be taken to a short biography. Below the album cover, you will find more information about the cover’s creation from art director Sir Peter Brown and Sir Paul McCartney, in addition to a list of attendees complete with links to their mini-bios.

Scared of Santa Gallery

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I think this is the funniest Christmas link I have seen this year. A picture gallery of kids scared of Santa.
(via Exclamation Mark!!!)

The Christmas Truce

This is my favorite Christmas story. And yes, it is true. Here is the Snopes summary:

During World War I, in the winter of 1914, on the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever.

All of a sudden, German troops began to put small Christmas trees, lit with candles, outside of their trenches. Then, they began to sing songs. Across the way, in the “no man’s land” between them, came songs from the British and French troops. Incredibly, many of the Germans, who had worked in England before the war, were able to speak good enough English to propose a “Christmas” truce.

The British and French troops, all along the miles of trenches, accepted. In a few places, allied troops fired at the Germans as they climbed out of their trenches. But the Germans were persistent and Christmas would be celebrated even under the threat of impending death.

According to Stanley Weintraub, who wrote about this event in his book, Silent Night, “signboards arose up and down the trenches in a variety of shapes. They were usually in English, or – from the Germans – in fractured English. Rightly, the Germans assumed that the other side could not read traditional gothic lettering, and that few English understood spoken German. ‘YOU NO FIGHT, WE NO FIGHT’ was the most frequently employed German message. Some British units improvised ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ banners and waited for a response. More placards on both sides popped up.”

A spontaneous truce resulted. Soldiers left their trenches, meeting in the middle to shake hands. The first order of business was to bury the dead who had been previously unreachable because of the conflict. Then, they exchanged gifts. Chocolate cake, cognac, postcards, newspapers, tobacco. In a few places, along the trenches, soldiers exchanged rifles for soccer balls and began to play games.

There is also a story in The Observor about the last survivor.

Cardstacker

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Cool.

(via Burp)

1938 Time Man of the Year

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Written at the very peak of his political successes, this Time magazine article conferring on Adolf Hitler its coveted “Man of the Year Award” for 1938 offers a fascinating contemporary perspective of the Fuhrer prior to the outbreak of WW II.

While acknowledging that in less than six years he had accomplished a remarkable transformation of the German spirit – he is “applauded wildly and ecstatically by most Germans” – there are no false illusions about the dangers he posed – “Hitler became in 1938 the greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom – loving world faces.”

Soup Nazi

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The man who inspired Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi has his own website for his soup business. You better read hisrules before ordering!

Floating Logos

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The Floating Logos project is inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles so that they may be viewed from a long distance away. When standing next to these poles, the signs loom over us in such a way that we must crane our necks to see them. The elimination of the poles helps to accentuate the ominous feeling of being beneath these signs as well as serve to disconnect the signs from the ground and reality. The ground is purposefully left out of these images in order to emphasize the disconnect, but hints of terra firma are included in the forms of trees, wires, light poles, buildings and other land-based objects. The floating effect is intended to give the signs a supernatural quality that is meant to call attention to the hegemonic role consumerism and advertising play in our society.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Enjoying Otogi Zoshi

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In English.

Otogi Zoshi are tales for adults and children enjoy alike. In the Muromachi Period and the Edo Period, people would have great fun thumbing through the pages by themselves or have someone read to them – there were many ways to enjoy the stories. The greatest pleasure of all though, must surely have been the beautiful painted color illustrations.

(via Metafilter)


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