Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tangled Bank 69: War on Christmas



Our verdant Tangled Bank makes war on Christmas. It's hitting Kris Kringle with all it's got, strengthened by global warming. It will not cease until lush rainforest grows up to the very foundations of St Nicholas's icy fastness at the North Pole, and his elves all take up bikini-waxing! We will not rest until Yuletide celebrations involve fruity drinks with paper umbrellas, Hawaii shirts and surfing! Then we shall bask in the light of the midnight sun, at the balmy shores of a tepid North Atlantic, as we gloat over our victory upon the red-clad hohoho's son and his polar-bear minions.

Dear Reader, this is Salto sobrius: the world's #4 archaeology blog and #5 skepticism blog. Today I bring you the 69th Tangled Bank blog carnival. Enjoy!

Medicine
Culture & Tech
  • Brian at Backseat Driving offers E.T.'s opinions on a recent pronouncement by Reverend P.Z. Myers regarding the improbability of extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Your very own carnival host waves about a new excavation report on an unusual archaeological site: a High Medieval farmstead in Sweden with finds and features indicating aristocratic contacts. And evidence that they didn't celebrate Christmas! (Sort of. Actually, no, not really. Sorry.)
Animals
Fungi
Cell biology
Climate
"I like to give people a chance, but any fuckwit who can look around in this 10-degree December and not notice that something is fucked up with the world, is just not worth any more of my air, and is clearly beyond help."
The next Tangled Bank will open on J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday (3 January) at Viva la Evolucion! Don't miss it -- just don't. And until then: don't forget your kerosene can. You never know when you'll come across an indoor evergreen tree that needs liberatin'.

Update on Christmas Day: O jeez, I thought Santa was called "Chris Pringle". That, it turns out, is the name of many people including "one of the prime movers in Oxford Falls Christian City Church" -- but not of the obese reindeer fancier. Now I'm embarrassed.

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4 Comments:

Blogger monado said...

As part of the war on Christmas, I offer evidence of the long-standing secularization of same. For 60 or more years, it's been a "Christmas" tradition in Toronto to go downtown, children in tow, and admire the displays of toys, elves, baubles, and animated mannikins. I took a picture of one of this year's displays.

21 December, 2006 03:13  
Anonymous fee said...

it look funny

25 March, 2007 09:07  
Anonymous scent and senses said...

very interesting for me coz i've never knew about that.

02 April, 2007 22:53  
Anonymous peter said...

As part of the war on Christmas, I offer evidence of the long-standing secularization of same

15 April, 2007 15:01  

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