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Happy New Year’s 2016!


I hope every WU-vie was a good boy or girl last nite!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 01, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Public Indecency

Gingerbread Overlook Hotel

The Overlook Hotel was the hotel in the movie The Shining. Check out the very cool gingerbread version above, more pictures at the link.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Dec 25, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Food, Holidays, Horror

Mechanical duck attacks puppy

Merry Weird Christmas, everyone!

The San Mateo Times — Dec 26, 1951

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.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 25, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Holidays, 1950's

Merry Christmas 2015!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 25, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Holidays, Music

Merry Christmas!

For everyone who celebrates Christmas and enjoys Christmas music here is 3 hours of songs of the season for you. Have a wonderful Holiday season all my wonderful WU friends!
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Holidays, Music

Annual Christmas Fire & Ice Sale

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!
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Guns, Holidays, Jewelry

The battle over belief in Santa

Over at, 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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Holidays

Santa Claus Is Dead

How would it be for you if your car had killed Santa Claus?

Source: Kansas City Times - Dec 9, 1969

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 23, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, 1960's

Elmer Saves Christmas


Elmer research here and here.

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 19, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Holidays, 1950's

Christmas Tune Co-opted

Curse you, Halo Shampoo, for tricking me into thinking I was going to hear a nice rendition of "Jingle Bells."

Also, smart move you made, covering up the majority of the hair in your hair-centric commercial with hats.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, 1950's, Hair and Hairstyling
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