Thursday, December 23, 2004

Two of Santa's reindeer were originally named 'Dunder' and 'Blixem,' not 'Donner' and 'Blitzen'. Dunder and Blixem are Dutch for Thunder and Lightning. Donner and Blitzen are German for Thunder and Lightning. For you trivia buffs: "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" made its first print appearance as an anonymous poem in the Troy (NY) Sentinel newspaper on December 23, 1823. It remained anonymous for many years. Clement Moore did not claim it until 1844, and his authorship is still disputed by some.


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The name of the book: "How Walmart Is Destroying America And The World: And What You Can Do About It." The irony: you can save 31% by buying it at Wal-Mart!


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The King William's College quiz, perhaps the hardest test in the world.


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There's a 1-in-300 chance that a recently discovered asteroid, believed to be about 1,300 feet long, could hit Earth on April 13, 2029. At 6:44 AM? Don't panic yet, but if you live in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, especially on the part of Western Avenue near the interstate, you might consider moving at least - oh - 1350 feet away.


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Arafat had $1.3 million invested in a NYC bowling alley popular for bar mitzvahs.


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Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed a $220,000 indecency fine for broadcasting a 'Naked Twister' game - on the radio!


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Banned Bush portrait finds a new home: "A banned painting of U.S. President George W. Bush that is composed of smaller images of monkeys has found a new home, projected on a giant billboard in Manhattan, over the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. "


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MIKE TYSON: "DYING CAN'T BE AS BAD AS LIVING "


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JoBlo.com interviews Wes Anderson about Steve Zissou.


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China has closed 1,129 pornographic web sites since the nationwide crackdown began this July


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Here are the MPAA Torrent Suit Letters asking the internet providers for bittorrent sites to cease and desist (and save the evidence)


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ReasonOnline interviews Grand Moff Michael Powell.


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:: Porno goes reality show :: Lawrence wants to be a porno star, and he gets to try - but the conditions of the show are this: fuck or be fucked. If he can't get it up on camera with a Penthouse Pet, then he gets fucked in the butt.


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'Nude Bush' artwork dropped: "It is based on Edouard Manet's work Olympia, which hangs in a Paris museum." (Picture available at the link)


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The trailer for Rebound: "Old school meets middle school in this feel-good family comedy starring Martin Lawrence ('Big Momma's House') as the ultimate 'fish out of water.' Lawrence plays a high-strung college basketball coach who must redeem himself following a public meltdown, by leading a junior high school team."


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Keeping Christ in Christmas: First Lady Laura Bush Responds to Outraged E-mails from America's Cruelly Oppressed Christian Zealot Juggernaut


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New York Daily News gossip columnist makes a New Year's Resolution never to mention Paris Hilton again. This has the excellent ancillary benefit of freeing up lots more space for advertising.


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Headline of the day: No Nudists Allowed on Assateague. Fortunately, it is still possible to get naked on Twatateague, but not from the rear.


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The trailer for Kingdom of Heaven : " ... an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces while striving to keep a fragile peace. From Ridley Scott, the master of the modern epic."


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Michael Moore is planning to tackle America's health industry in a new movie tentatively called Sicko. And he's also working on a sequel to his award-winning Fahrenheit 9/11, which will cover George W Bush's second term as president.


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What if A Christmas Carol had been written by someone else? Ayn Rand's version: The ruggedly handsome and weirdly articulate Ebeneezer Scrooge is a successful executive held back by the corrupt morality of a society that hates success and fails to understand the value of selfishness. So Scrooge explains that value in a 272-page soliloquy. Deep down, Scrooge's enemies know that he is right, but they resent him out of a sense of their own inferiority. Several hot sex scenes and unlikely monologues later, Scrooge triumphs over all adversity. Meanwhile, Tiny Tim croaks. Socialized medicine is to blame.


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GALLUP came up with a finding which I never would have realized. The number of atheists in America, while small, is greater than the number practicing all non-Christian religions added together!!
  • Here's the breakdown: Christian 84% , non-religious: 9%, non-Christian religion 5%, no response 2%.
  • No response???? Now think about that. Gallup always asks if you would mind answering some questions, so here's how the phone conversation went. "Would you mind answering some questions about your personal religious beliefs?" "No, not at all." "All right, what ARE your personal religious beliefs?" "I'd rather not say." Boggles the mind. I suppose the 2% are people who worship things they don't want to talk about, possibly The Dark Lord, or maybe even former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn.


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Steve, don't eat it. From chocolate breast milk to Ralph's "Food Product", which is made with real, mechanically separated chicken paste.


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Now you men can get air fresheners that capture the fragrance you really crave... MEAT!


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Paris Hilton claims she's 'too lazy' to have sex and would rather just kiss.


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USATODAY's Oscar Oracle (It's a good resource. Lots of handy info on one page.)


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Angelina Jolie is the star most men would like to kiss under the mistletoe, while Orlando Bloom is the choice for women.


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Sly Stallone's ex Brigitte Nielsen is reportedly the latest star to sign up for Celebrity Big Brother.


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Letterman's Top Ten Least Popular Christmas Carols


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HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK YOU REALLY DO LIKE THE CRAP THEY GAVE YOU FOR CHRISTMAS!


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Red Sox sign Wade Miller to go with their other free agent pitching prize, Matt Clement


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The intense international trailer for Boogeyman. Looks like a pretty scary haunted house flick, co-produced by Sam Raimi.


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An ex-husband of J-Lo has sued her for alleged breach of contract, claiming he was wrongly fired as the manager of her restaurant. So that's why she gets married and engaged so often. One ex-husband or fiance for every outlet of her restaurant chain. In a couple more years, she'll be able to buy Subway.


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If you haven't already seen the full-length BJ from The Brown Bunny, here's Chloe smokin' the White Owl.


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AMERICAN PIE's NADIA TURNS TO PSYCHIC TO SAVE MARRIAGE.


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