The Coolest Gingerbread Houses in The World!

From…. (Sigh, I can barely muster up the energy to CTRL-Tab to the page to see what the name of the site is even though I still have to go over there, copy an excerpt, and then link to it. I really should take a few days off. Ok, going to get the excerpt now)

Happy Holidays Everyone! One of the coolest things about the holidays for me has always been going to Disney World (I live in Florida) and checking out the giant Ginger Bread Houses in all the big hotels. Well, Disney aren’t the only people who can whip up an amazing Gingerbread. We scoured the net for some of the coolest gingerbread in the world and put together a gallery that will blow geeks and non geeks alike out of their stockings. Check it out!

Oh, right. The link.

Shoe Hurled at Bush Flies Off Turkish Maker’s Shelves

From Bloomberg:

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — The shoe hurled at President George W. Bush has sent sales soaring at the Turkish maker as orders pour in from Iraq, the U.S. and Iran.

The brown, thick-soled “Model 271” may soon be renamed “The Bush Shoe” or “Bye-Bye Bush,” Ramazan Baydan, who owns the Istanbul-based producer Baydan Ayakkabicilik San. & Tic., said in a telephone interview today.

“We’ve been selling these shoes for years but, thanks to Bush, orders are flying in like crazy,” he said. “We’ve even hired an agency to look at television advertising.”

The No Game

From Wikipedia:

The No Game is a party game with only one real rule. Sid Sackson wrote about it in A Gamut of Games, but it undoubtedly existed beforehand.

Play is as follows:

* Locate a nice prize.
* As everyone enters the party, pin a small ribbon on their clothes, one per person.
* After everyone has arrived, gather them together and give a speech similar to the following:
o “The object of tonight’s game is to collect the most ribbons. To collect ribbons, you must have an opponent say the word ‘No’ to you. Upon uttering that word, you may promptly collect every ribbon currently pinned on them; they are yours, at least until you say ‘No.’ Other words, phrases, and actions, like ‘Nah,’ ‘Certainly not,’ and a swift slap, are perfectly valid; only uttering the word ‘No’ causes a lack of ribbons. At [some time here], the person with the most ribbons wins the game, and receives a nice prize.”
* Play as the speech above states.

While simple in concept, it is surprisingly hard to remove the word ‘No’ from one’s vocabulary; see lipograms for a literary equivalent.