Mechanical Duck Attacks Puppy
CHICAGO, Dec. 26 — A mechanical duck disrupted the Christmas day quiet in the Lonnie Miller home.
The toy, wound up by 8-year-old Donald Miller, waddled across the floor and latched on to the tail of Smokie, a 10-month-old puppy.
Smokie howled. So did Donald. The duck held on grimly to the tail which was entangled in its clockwork mechanism.
Donald's father took Smokie and the duck to the animal welfare league where Allen Glisch separated the two with pliers, a screwdriver and wire snippers.
A jeweler in DeLand, Florida is, for the third year, holding their Fire & Ice sale. Buy $450 or more worth of jewelry and get a free 12 gauge shot gun worth $270, provided you pass the background check. They have already given away 20 shot guns and have ordered more. Pretty good deal!
Over at about.com, I gathered together some of the more memorable moments in the long history of people battling over whether or not Santa exists. There were so many I had to do it in a 2-part series: PART ONE and PART TWO.
Some of my favorites:
The french woman who divorced her husband because of his insistence on believing in Santa (which was his excuse for not giving her any presents — because Santa was supposed to bring them).
The Freudian psychologist who argued that Santa really is a representation of the father figure, inserting himself into the chimney, which is a symbol of mom's hoochie coochie.
Spy magazine's classic 1991 "statistical investigation" of Santa which noted that if Santa traveled fast enough to deliver gifts to millions of children in one night, the air resistance at that speed would cause his reindeer to burst into flames.