Tuesday, December 22, 2009

1,000 Bottles of Beer on the wall, 1,000 Bottles of Beer...

Christmas tree made out of Heineken bottles

At the start of every Christmas season, environmentalists inevitably spark the real-versus-artificial tree debate. But this year, Chinese designers decided to take an entirely different approach to celebrate the holiday, crafting a huge tree from 1,000 Heineken bottles.

The massive sculpture is currently providing some festive flair to Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.

December 22, 1937 -
The center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel was opened to traffic today, charging $0.50 per passenger car.

Some of those cars are scheduled to make it through the tunnel later this week.

Christmas video countdown - Cartoon carols

Hang on, the holidays are almost over.

December 22, 1975 -
A beautiful study of love and madness (and the razor's edge between them), L'histoire d'Adèle H, opened in the US on this date.

This is another one of those films I'm suggesting you go out right now and rent, if you haven't seen it.

Here's another Christmas gift - The Jack Benny Christmas Show -enjoy

Mel Blanc is a scream

Today in History:
December 22, 1879 -
It's Stalin's birthday (again)! Hey, when your a dictator, you get to celebrate your birthday on more than one day. Unfortunately, the proper way to celebrate - oppress, torture and murder millions of your fellow country men - is frowned upon.

So smack someone upside the head for no reason.

December 22, 1955 -
The corpse of Evita Peron is stolen by anti-Peronistas. 29 years later (to the day), Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks.

Make of the coincidence what you will.

December 22, 1984 -
Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 teenage boys on the NYC subway after one of them asks him for money.

Again, this practice is frowned upon, so smack someone upside the head.

December 22, 1965 -
David Lean's Russian epic, Dr Zhivago, premieres in the US, on this date.

The film was not shown in Russia until 1994.

December 22, 2001 -
Richard Reid attempts to blow up an American Airlines transatlantic flight by igniting a plastic explosive concealed in his shoe. Other passengers beat the living daylights out of him.

They knew, they smacked him upside the head.

2 more shopping days until Christmas (1 more shopping days until Festivus ... I suggest you begin compiling you list of grievances).

And so it goes.

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