Me vs Me

The struggle is real. They say you shouldn't compare yourself to other people, and that the only one you should complete against is yourself. That's not so easy when the forces of the world are working against you in different ways, changing from one moment to the next. This comic is from Ryan and Laura Harby of the webcomic Honey Dill. There are additional updates to this comics here and here that you're sure to relate to. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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All the Celebrity Cameos in The Last Jedi

Yep, there they are.

If you're trying to avoid spoilers from The Last Jedi, rest easy because I'm not going to give away any important plot details by letting you know who to look out for. You may have heard that both Prince William and Prince Harry are in the film, They are playing stormtroopers, so you'll never knew where they are. There are conflicting accounts of whether their scenes were cut from the film, but who knows, since they are wearing masks. Other celebrities that appear in the film include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Justin Theroux, Warwick Davis, and several other folks you may know. Find out where to spot them in The Last Jedi at The Daily Dot.


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Special Delivery

If your package didn't arrive today as it shoul have, the reasons why may be stranger than you can imagine. Home security cameras in Oklahoma City caught a mishap between a postal carrier and his truck on Thursday. He manages to fall out of the truck, which possibly runs over him. He doesn't appear injured, though, because he's up quickly trying to catch the truck. The truck, however, keeps on going until the forces of inertia show up in the form of a brick house.

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It seems that the stresses of the holiday season had gotten to this driver. -via Geekologie


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The Surreal And Disturbing Paintings Of George Tooker

Some paintings transport the viewer to exotic and beautiful places, giving them a feeling of serenity and a sense of wonder, but if that's the feeling you're looking for then the paintings of George Tooker probably won't appeal to you.

However, if you appreciate both darkness and light, unafraid to embrace the horror and anxiety caused by human existence because they make us appreciate the serenity and beauty even more then take a trip into a Tooker painting.

George Tooker was born and raised in New York in the early 20th century, and his paintings reflect the uneasiness, alienation and depression felt by many in the wake of World War II, as people struggled to find their purpose in the post-modern world.

Read High Anxiety: The Surreal & Disturbingly Dreamlike Paintings Of George Tooker here


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Parrot Uses Alexa

Petra the African grey parrot has learned to get what she wants, just by asking. A human can say no, but Google's Alexa is programmed to carry out your wishes. This video is essentially over at two minutes.  

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Petra made a shopping list on the Amazon Echo. We are having Alexa tell us what the list contains then when we ask Petra WHY she made a list, All she can say is "I want a Peanut"

Yeah, voice recognition in a household assistant is a wonderful thing, but you have to remember that parrots learn your voice and use it. Making a shopping list is not the only thing Petra uses Alexa for.

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-via Bits and Pieces

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Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants

The Washington Post's food critic Tom Sietsema is used to testing the food and services the trendiest restauranteurs around. But he put food snobbery aside completely for his latest project- nationwide chain restaurants. Sietsema spent quite a bit of time trying the ten biggest-selling chain restaurants out, going to each more than once, usually at more than one location, and trying different menu items each time.  

Over the past several months, Post food critic Tom Sietsema dined at America’s 10 highest-grossing, full-service, casual restaurants, reviewing them as he would independent establishments: two or more times each, sometimes at multiple branches, and sampling a cross-section of the menus. Given the unique nature of the corporate enterprises, broadly popular letter grades rather than the Post’s usual stars were assigned to each brand.

Knowing that you can wake up to the same fluffy pancakes from Denny’s whether you’re in Miami or Minneapolis, or sit down to the identical warm breadsticks at Olive Garden, no matter which of its 800-plus branches you find yourself in, speaks to the chains’ charm offensive: no-surprise comfort.

Find out which chains are on the top ten, and how they rank against each other, here. You might be surprised at the findings. He even took home a doggy bag once, something he says he never does.

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London Bus Full Of Cute Animals - Cutest Tour Group Ever!


London Bus Full Of Cute Animals by wordsberry

Fun t-shirts aren't just for adults- kids love to wear a great graphic tee on their torso too, especially if their shirt makes their fellow classmates smile, so why not give a youngster you know a cute tee with critters on it and spread the smiles? If you hook your favorite youngster up with this ultra-adorbz London Bus Full Of Cute Animals tee by Wordsberry you'll be giving them a shirt they'll be proud to wear and one that makes kids happy. So grab a cool new tee for a kid today and give the gift of wearable happiness!

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Christmas Punderland

Kyle and Cori Gunderson are into Christmas decorations in a big way. But they are all based on bad puns ...and a few glasses of wine.

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Cori is determined to leave the interpretation of each Christmas wordplay up to you, while Kyle knows that sometimes you have to spell it out. Maybe they both need a refill on the wine. Where is the missile toe? And the peas on earth? -via Tastefully Offensive


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A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

One of the peculiarities of modern life is how we sort activities into their proper slot, and doing it any differently is "wrong." But it was not always so. For example, kids use to dress up and demand candy on Thanksgiving. People told ghost stories at Christmas. After all, the most famous Christmas story outside of the Bible is Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, which is full of ghosts.  

“Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories,” humorist Jerome K. Jerome wrote in his 1891 collection, Told After Supper. “Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about spectres. It is a genial, festive season, and we love to muse upon graves, and dead bodies, and murders, and blood.”

Telling ghost stories during winter is a hallowed tradition, a folk custom stretches back centuries, when families would wile away the winter nights with tales of spooks and monsters. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” Mamillius proclaims in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, “I have one. Of sprites and goblins.” And the titular Jew of Malta in Christopher Marlowe’s play at one point muses, “Now I remember those old women’s words, Who in my wealth would tell me winter’s tales, And speak of spirits and ghosts by night.”

It's possible we've done away with the scarier traditions of Christmas because we overdid it in October. Pity. Read more about the tradition of Christmas ghost stories at Smithsonian.


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Wheel Of Fortune Fails Compilation

Wheel Of Fortune isn't the most difficult game show on TV, so you don't have to be a brainiac to win as long as you can choose the right letters to buy and complete the puzzle before your opponents.

But some people end up losing in the stupidest way possible- like mispronouncing simple words while solving the puzzle or choosing a final letter that would complete a super racist word.

The answer is "Clam Digger", there's no "N" in either word! Talk about your effed up Freudian slips...

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What Christmas Dinner Looks Like In 19 Different Countries

In countries where people celebrate Christmas, the only thing their dinners have in common with each other is tradition. You could be eating fondue, flæskesteg, fried chicken, borscht, tamales, or sauerkraut soup, but you can bet that the family ate that same meal last year, and will come together to eat that same meal next year. It's one way we cement connections with not only each other, but with the past and the future. But still, it never hurts to try something new. Learn how Christmas dinner is done around the world in a list of submitted menus from readers at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Flickr user Joel Bez)

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Artist Illustrates Funny Conversations He Has Overheard

It's supposedly rude to eavesdrop on other people's conversations, but where are you going to hear inane rambling, deranged conspiracy theories or conversations so vapid they lower your IQ if you don't eavesdrop?

Writers, artists and other students of human nature love to eavesdrop because it gives them real life reference for their works, and illustrator Avner Geller has heard so many stupid and funny conversations he decided to start drawing them all.

Avner calls his project #ThingsThatIHear, and it all started with a real-life first world problem he overheard in the wild:

The idea for “#ThingsThatiHear” arrived when I was visiting a cookware store in Los Angeles. A young woman was looking at her phone and gave a big sigh, turned to her friend decisively and exclaimed, “He wants to go to Bali. But I say Fiji!” I couldn’t help but laugh. The absurdity of this “first world problem” was too much. From that moment on I started to catch all sorts of real-life conversations, that eventually turned into these illustrations.

The characters in the world of “#ThingsThatiHear” are people we all know: They are our office mates who complain to us about the daily grind. They are the awful online date we are trying so hard to forget. They are the people silently stalking our Facebook. More than anything they are the US when we think no one is listening.

See more from I Often Overhear People Say Funny Things, So I Started Illustrating Them here


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Thailand's Temple of the Rising Dragon

Wat Samphran is a Buddhist temple, 260 feet tall and pink, in Amphoe Sam Phran, Thailand. The dragon sculpture that winds around the outside contains a staircase, but only portions of it are open to the public since the stairs have deteriorated. We don't know when the temple was built, although it was registered in 1985. It doesn't appear on a lot of Thai tourist guides, despite being only 40 kilometers from Bangkok. Wat Samphran's existence may have been downplayed after a scandal in 2004 in which the abbot was sentenced to 160 years for rape.

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See more pictures of Wat Samphran at Amusing Planet. -via Laughing Squid


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Hilarious Tweets With A Dark Edge

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Every internet user appreciates funny posts, and social media platforms like Twitter have made it easy to share the LOLz with your friends and family on a daily basis. But when the cute and silly tweets don't cut it anymore you need a share with a sinister edge, something that gives you an uncomfortable giggle, like this man-cat.

Text-only tweets can also get a bit tedious, but when the tweeter tries to get under your skin in 140 characters or less and succeeds it makes the effort worthwhile.

The best tweets are the hilarious yet dark, the tweets that make us giggle because they're so deranged, the ones that make you go "haha wtf was that?!" and cause you to feel a bit funny inside.

See 19 Tweets That Are Hilarious But Kind Of Dark here


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Breaking Tradition

There comes a time, usually in your 20s, where it seems more of a hassle than it's worth to deal with the entire family for the holidays. That's okay, you should spend some years doing something completely different for Christmas. Then later on, you'll appreciate the old traditions more, even the not-so-fun parts of them. Another benefit of breaking tradition is the stories you'll be able to tell years later, like "I spent 20 years working on Christmas Day; you kids don't know how good you have it," or "Remember that year we ate chicken noodle soup for Christmas dinner because that's all we had?" This is the latest from Megacynics.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jurassic Park

We have four Jurassic Park movies now, and another on the way in 2018. It won't be the last one. That's a testament to the huge popularity of the first film back in 1993. Anyone could have predicted it -bringing dinosaurs into the modern age with state-of-the-art graphics was a win-win formula. Let's take a look back at what went into the original Jurassic Park.

6. Harrison Ford turned down the role of Alan Grant.

He didn’t feel like it was the right movie for him, and once he saw it he felt validated that he’d turned it down.

5. In the movie the reason for the triceratops being sick was never given.

In the book the full explanation was given, it was because the animal swallowed the poisonous berries along with a mouthful of stones and then regurgitated them.

Read more things you didn't know about Jurassic Park at TVOM.


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Hard-Working Dog Gleefully Clears Birds From Airport Runway To Prevent Aircraft Bird Strikes

Some dogs are lazy bums who can't be bothered to lift a paw to help their owners, but working dogs love to stay busy doing the important job they were trained to do, and they genuinely seem to have fun while at work.

For instance, K-9 Piper (previously on Neatorama) is employed by the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan and has a very important job to do- scare off the birds that hang around the runway in order to prevent aircraft bird strikes.

But Piper doesn't stress out about doing his job or impressing his owner, Brian Edwards, because he is too busy having fun chasing those birds away to worry about quotas or looking good in front of the boss.

And besides, Brian loves him so much that Piper can do no wrong in his eyes!

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This Great Big Story video shows the important, life saving job being performed by dogs and showcases Piper's ability to have fun and get the job done, all while wearing some super cool doggles. Good boy Piper!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Imperial Selfie - Smile And Say "Bantha Milk Cheese!"


Imperial Selfie by 2mz

Darth doesn't always like to snap a selfie to commemorate the destruction of a planet, but when he does he demands that every stormtrooper in the pic poses perfectly behind him- or else. Some of the troopers used to put up bunny ears to make the photos funny, but as they found out the hard way those ears are also used by Rebels as a "V for victory" sign, so needless to say Vader didn't take pity on the poor fools throwing up signs like Rebel scum. But now the troopers know Darth is the star of the pic and they're merely background noise, so they save their silly poses for pics they take when no Imperial commander is around...

When you wear this Imperial Selfie t-shirt by 2mz people will want to snap a pic with you wherever you go, but beware those who would use that pic to start nerdy wars with Trekkers.

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Debunking the Flat Earth Theory

Meteorologist Keith Carson addresses the people who believe that the earth is flat (called flat earthers) by presenting solid evidence for the contrary. He can't help but be a little snarky about it.

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Along the way, we find out how flat earthers explain all the things that tell us that the earth is round: day and night, the changing of the seasons, and NASA. Those wacky explanations are painfully and unnecessarily convoluted. That's what happens when belief shapes evidence instead of the other way around. Occam's razor, y'all. -via Digg    


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10 Strange and Different Calendars for 2018

Every year, you need a new calendar, so you may as well get one that appeals to your interests and desires. Here are some of the more unusual, attractive, and unbelievable calendars available for 2018. Be warned that some of the calendars listed toward the end of this list are rude, crude, and socially unacceptable, but they are all in good fun and technically safe for work.

1. Flee America Calendar

Alternate Histories presents the 2018 Flee America calendar. The cover has a warning from the Department of Terror: Zombies are Everywhere. It doesn't specify where one should flee to, since they are everywhere. This calendar features art based on the style of propaganda posters from the Great Depression and World War II, but populated with monsters, robots, and zombies.

2. The UK’s Hottest Wheelie Bins

In Britain, they are called wheelie bins. In the US, they are called garbage cans. For some reason, a wheelie bin company in the UK has made a calendar that features the UK’s Hottest Wheelie Bins. The premise is that these bins are super sexy -or something. Each bin is identified with its name, age, and location. The naughty bits are either pixelated or covered with black bars.

3. Social Justice Kittens

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4 Ton Wrecking Ball in Slow Motion

What could be more fun than watching the destruction of a wrecking ball used on a bunch of cars? Watching it all in slow-motion with the Slow Mo Guys! Gav and Dan start out small, smashing a brick wall, but quickly move on to vehicles. There are many ways to smash a car with a wrecking ball, and they have to try them all out.

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How did they come up with so many vehicles to smash? The video is sponsored by Amazon to promote their TV series The Grand Tour, starring the guys who used to be on Top Gear. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Things We Should Have Learned From 2017, But Probably Didn't

We know by now that 2017 was an exceptional year. As we begin to see retrospectives, it's astonishing how many widely disparate things that happened that surprised us, but then were quickly forgotten because there were more surprises the next day. Cracked's latest image macro competition (they call it Photoplasty) reminds us of some of the lessons we should take with us from the year 2017.



But then again, many of these lessons will be gone from our minds again ...as soon as something else surprises and distracts us. There are 21 of these images ranked in a list at Cracked.


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16-Year-Old Accepted into Harvard

Ayrton Little is only 16 years old, yet he's a senior at TM Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He'll be 17 in February. But students must apply early to get into competitive colleges, and Ayrton's first choice was Harvard University. In this video from earlier this week, he's wearing his Harvard hoodie, surrounded by classmates, as he checks the early acceptance notifications.



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The students are yelling "three-pete" because this is the third year in a row that a student from the school has been accepted to Harvard. There are only 16 students in the Landry graduating class this year, and one of them is Ayrton's brother Alex. He was the first student from the school ever accepted into Stanford University, which was recorded last week.

WBUR talked to the family about the double accomplishments. 

"Is this really happening?" The boys' mother, Maureen Little, kept repeating the question, delighted that both her sons were invited to the prestigious schools.

She said there were difficult times raising her sons as a single mom, but she felt lucky that she never had to worry about their performances in school.

“They brought home good grades,” she said.

I bet they did. -via reddit


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Masher Menace: When American Women First Confronted Their Sexual Harassers

Women know that sexual harassment is nothing new. When women began to travel outside their homes unescorted, especially on public transportation, harassment came with the territory. In the 19th century, the men who accosted women in public were called "mashers," and just like today, their harassment could escalate into sexual assault. Also like today, a woman's wish to be left alone sparked derision.

By the 1890s, women were so fed up with sexual harassment, they refused to grin and bear it anymore. They began to lash out at mashers in earnest—without the assistance of men. Sometimes a woman gave into to indelicate impulses and slapped or punched a masher with her own hands. Mashers were shoved, tossed, or kicked by women, episodes that were comically illustrated in newspapers.

“There were all sorts of cartoons poking fun at women trying out these self-defense tactics, and of course, tying them to the meme of the Angry Suffragist,” historian Karen Abbott tells me. “Men portrayed women’s desire to have the right to vote and to venture into public safely as inherently unladylike.”

In December 1898, Mrs. Charles C. Lane—also known as strongwoman Mademoiselle Suzinetta, a sideshow entertainer who juggled cannon balls and broke iron chains with her hands—punched a stalker so hard he hit the ground. He charged her with assault, and when she testified at the Yorkville Police Court, she said he’d been annoying her for two days so she hit him. The magistrate told her, “You are the woman this town has been looking for for a long time.” He dismissed the charges against her.

Read more about mashers and how women of the time fought back against them at Collectors Weekly.


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The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

What we know as Star Wars went through a lot of changes on the way to the silver screen. We know that the film was completely re-edited after shooting. The story went through even more changes between George Lucas' original concept and the final screenplay. To see what his initial ideas might look like in a movie, students from the DAVE School took Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for The Star Wars along with some early script drafts and make an animated trailer-length version.  

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It's pretty cool to see Luke Skywalker as a girl, but hey, we finally got that in the new trilogy. I'm glad they changed Chewbacca from a scary monster into a hairy hero. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Stephen King: THE DESK

Stephen King has written many scary stories about inanimate objects, from The Mangler to Christine to The Monkey, but the scariest object he ever had to face was The Desk, which he thought would be a dream come true.

As you'll see in this comic by Zen Pencils, Stephen bought the massive oak desk in 1981 and proceeded to write some of his most famous novels behind it, but the desk only served to make him feel like an alien in his own home...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Walking Blood Bank Tattoos of the Cold War

In a discussion following an article about Cold War fallout shelter crackers, the subject of blood type tattoos came up. This was a real thing in the early 1950s, that people, including children, would get their blood types tattooed on their torsos to streamline medical procedures during nuclear war. It was less for identifying the blood type of patients than for potential donors, but the area under the left arm was used because that would still be there if one's arms were blown away. We have literature about the tattoo programs in Indiana and Utah, although there were others. The Mormon Church even gave a dispensation on their rule against tattooing, calling it a "permanent imprint" instead of a tattoo. One woman shared her memories of getting a tattoo in Indiana when she was in first grade.  

"The kid closest to the curtain was told to go inside the curtained area, and the rest of us moved up one chair closer. We then heard a buzzing sound similar to a dentist's drill, and a lot of screaming and, a few minutes later, the kid emerged from behind the curtain, crying, and then next kid took his place. The wait probably took about an hour, and during that time, as we inched closer and closer to the curtain, we had to witness each of our classmate's enter the curtained area and come out crying, so you can imagine how frightening it was."

"Once behind the curtain I had to take off my clothes above the waist and show my card and dog tag to the two people in there. Once held me still and the other stuck what looked like a power drill into my left side, turned it on and held it there for a minute or two. Naturally I was screaming and struggling just like the other kids before me."

"I still have my atomic tattoo (O-), but, as I grew it got distorted, so it's pretty illegible today. The tattoo caused a lot of comments during bikini season after I went to college and later moved to Ohio, where no one had seen anything like it. After I moved back to northwest Indiana I tried to search some public records but was never able to find any evidence of the program."

You'll find more recollections here. The tattoo program didn't last very long. One reason was because doctors wouldn't trust the tattoos to be accurate. -via Metafilter


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Darth Vader With A Regular Job

The Empire excels at taking planets by force, or destroying them outright should the planet's inhabitants choose not to submit, so their coffers are overflowing and their Sith commanders are paid well.

But had Darth allowed one more Death Star to be destroyed or failed to eliminate one more race of furry teddy bear creatures he may have been let go, forcing him to find a 9 to 5 and earn his credits like a lowly moisture farmer.

Photographer Michaël Massart imagined what Darth would look like if he had to take a severe pay cut and work some Joe job as a car wash worker, dishwasher or bus driver, and it seems even at his lowest point Darth still has henchmen.

Michaël does a good job of giving Darth and his two guards plenty of personality even though they're wearing full armor, and when he incorporates the lightsaber into the bit he does it just right.

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Demogorgon's Lair - Don't Even Think About Trying To Beat Dustin's High Score


Demogorgon's Lair by rustenico 

Most 80s kids spent their childhoods playing with toys, riding their bikes around town with their buddies and plunking their allowances into the coin slots of arcade machines. But when you're friends with a psychic on the run from a shadowy government organization who has also attracted the attention of a terrifying monster of myth and legend the games in the arcade just pale in comparison!

Turn your geeky wardrobe upside down with this Demogorgon's Lair t-shirt by Rustenico, it's just the thing to get strangers to give you compliments on your cool shirt wherever you go!

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The Man Who Killed Santa Claus

John McPhee was newspaper editor in Mesa, Arizona, in 1932. That year's Christmas parade was important for the small town's businesses as a way to draw in both residents and out-of-towners for Christmas shopping. But the populace didn't seem to be all that excited about Christmas shopping or the parade, either, since the Great Depression was affecting everyone's ability to celebrate as usual. But McPhee had an idea: a spectacular entrance for Santa Claus that would grab everyone's interest. Santa Claus would arrive in an airplane, an unusual site in 1932, and join the parade by parachute! What could possibly go wrong? Um, the stunt man playing Santa could get killed. But that didn't happen. The real story was a comedy of errors that's quite funny if you weren't a young child in Arizona waiting for the arrival of Santa.    

The day of the scheduled take-off, McPhee found the performer at a bar, too inebriated to participate. Faced with the possibility of storekeepers and children being crushed with disappointment, McPhee immediately set another plan into motion. He convinced a clothing store to let him borrow a mannequin, which he dressed in the Santa suit. He then instructed the pilot to make his scheduled run. At the climax, a pilot would push the Santa-dressed dummy out of the plane and into the field. From a distance, the townspeople would be unable to discern the plastic body from a real one—they’d simply see a red-and-white payload drift gently to the ground below. McPhee would be posted to meet the dummy, disrobe it, don the beard, and drive into town as Santa.

A large crowd had gathered to watch Santa arrive. But as you might guess, the scheme cobbled together at the last minute didn't quite go as McPhee had envisioned it. Let's just say that children were traumatized for life. You can read an account of the Christmas parade debacle at Mental Floss. 


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