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Of all the people to interview about the local New Year's ball drop, the TV reporter had to pick a person that had a big wad of chewing gum in their mouth.
 

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I overheard a man today, about age 40-45, say to a woman who was also about age 40-45: "Thank you young lady." So, a question for the ladies: would you find this kind of comment patronizing, or would you take it as a compliment or polite remark (as it was probably intended), or would you take it in some other way? Or are there too many variables to give a general answer?
 

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The year of the Mother begins in September, the year of the Son in December, but I like that the mundane year -- the year of men, as it were -- begins with St. Basil's day, that great pastor of humankind.
 

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Not just for Bible translations anymore...
The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost 

Original text:
I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

...43 translations later, Yandex gives us:
I'm in the middle of this city, in the woods, two dimensional, not this time, I'll tell you the difference.
 

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Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1
by William Shakespeare

Original text:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;

...43 translations later, Yandex gives us:
Missing rear side effects, when I like my friends, or the walls of the world in English, and is close to death, not to bother people, unobtrusive service, But when the war began, the Holy Spirit, in your ears, and you love animals, it will strengthen Noah, tendons and bones, and a good place with one hand, and anger
 

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"Advance our standards! set upon our foes! Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George, Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons! Upon them! Victory sits upon our helms. "

...43 translations later, Yandex gives us:

"This level of opponent! Courage, and said that it's not equal access. George We are a horse, we invite You to the fire dragon! !!!! You! Hat transmission. "
 

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“It seems most strange to me that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, shall come when it shall come.”
—William Shakespeare
 

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I just remembered that I, yes I (ha ha!) started this thread just over nine years ago and still it lives on is great waves of weirdness making for an ocean of oddity and, dare I write, entertaining fun!.  8)

I quite like the "43 translations later" quotes.  :D
 

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TheTrisagion said:
Cyrillic said:
Why not buy a fake tree instead? It saves a lot of hassle each year.
Heresy. I expect the next thing you will recommend is buying pine scented candles and pretend that is it the tree too, right?
Pine scented candles are delicious. 
 

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SolEX01 said:
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There were 5,188 posts on this thread in 2013.
There were 3,777 posts on this thread in 2014; although I was unable to make this post the first one on the thread for 2015 (like I did for 2014).   :(
Is that some kind of record?
 

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serb1389 said:
SolEX01 said:
SolEX01 said:
There were 5,188 posts on this thread in 2013.
There were 3,777 posts on this thread in 2014; although I was unable to make this post the first one on the thread for 2015 (like I did for 2014).   :(
Is that some kind of record?
The number of posts in this thread decreased from 2013 to 2014.  I haven't counted the posts on this thread for other years.
 

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serb1389 said:
TheTrisagion said:
Cyrillic said:
Why not buy a fake tree instead? It saves a lot of hassle each year.
Heresy. I expect the next thing you will recommend is buying pine scented candles and pretend that is it the tree too, right?
Pine scented candles are delicious. 
Not as a substitute for a real Christmas tree though.
 

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Justin Kissel said:
I overheard a man today, about age 40-45, say to a woman who was also about age 40-45: "Thank you young lady." So, a question for the ladies: would you find this kind of comment patronizing, or would you take it as a compliment or polite remark (as it was probably intended), or would you take it in some other way? Or are there too many variables to give a general answer?
I think it sounds okay.
 

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serb1389 said:
TheTrisagion said:
Cyrillic said:
Why not buy a fake tree instead? It saves a lot of hassle each year.
Heresy. I expect the next thing you will recommend is buying pine scented candles and pretend that is it the tree too, right?
Pine scented candles are delicious. 
Can't you just have a candy bar like everybody else?  ???
 

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The light stimulation of the brain and limbic system that results from staring into a computer screen is one of the leading causes of insomnia in America.
 

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Funny how prices in euros and pounds are often the same, with something costing one pound costing one euro. Too bad for the English that one pound is worth a mere €0.78. How sad for the poms. I'd have Cameron's head for this if I were the English.
 

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Cyrillic said:
Funny how prices in euros and pounds are often the same, with something costing one pound costing one euro. Too bad for the English that one pound is worth a mere €0.78. How sad for the poms. I'd have Cameron's head for this if I were the English.
Mistake: 0,78 euro is worth one pound.
 

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There are three factors involved in the full assessment of the goodness and wholeness of someone: trust, sincerity, and tubularity. A person is rated on these three factors using scales going from 1 to 100. Some sample ratings:

Pope Francis - 271
Ebor - 263
Maximos the Confessor - 256
Bruce Campbell - 200
My friend Edward - 192
GreekIsChristian - 110
My last girlfriend - 104
Hitler - 69
Joel Osteen - 49
 

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TheTrisagion said:
My wife just texted me and said that an egg sag of spiders opened in our Christmas tree and now our house is infested with spiders.  I guess this is what I get for introducing pagan, druidistic elements into our celebration of the Holy Nativity of Christ.  :(
Real tree or fake?

Edit: Nvm
 

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I know this is slightly late to the convo, but I prefer fake trees. Less of a fire hazard and why should we cut down hundreds of thousands of trees when they can stay on the ground for our benefit?

So kudos to my fellow fake treers...you are not alone ;)
 

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minasoliman said:
I know this is slightly late to the convo, but I prefer fake trees. Less of a fire hazard and why should we cut down hundreds of thousands of trees when they can stay on the ground for our benefit?

So kudos to my fellow fake treers...you are not alone ;)
If we didn't cut down those trees, then there wouldn't be Christmas tree farms. Tree farms are one of the most ecologically friendly agriculture programs available.

Manufacturing plastic trees on the other hand, not so much.
 

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minasoliman said:
I know this is slightly late to the convo, but I prefer fake trees. Less of a fire hazard and why should we cut down hundreds of thousands of trees when they can stay on the ground for our benefit?

So kudos to my fellow fake treers...you are not alone ;)
It's only remotely a fire hazard if you're doing it old school:



This isn't something one leaves unattended or does with a very dry tree.
 

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Actually statistics show plenty of Christmas-tree related fires with no candles involved. In some cases, even strings of incandescent bulbs can start the fire. I think this is related to the fact that not so many people know how to keep a tree properly hydrated (and many even buy a tree that's past hydrating). If you want to be super-safe, fire departments recommend unplugging everything at night.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Actually statistics show plenty of Christmas-tree related fires with no candles involved. In some cases, even strings of incandescent bulbs can start the fire. I think this is related to the fact that not so many people know how to keep a tree properly hydrated (and many even buy a tree that's past hydrating). If you want to be super-safe, fire departments recommend unplugging everything at night.
Bah, humbug! :D
 

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Anybody who's watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is aware of the very real nature of the danger.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Anybody who's watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is aware of the very real nature of the danger.
The danger usually involves overloaded circuits.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Actually statistics show plenty of Christmas-tree related fires with no candles involved. In some cases, even strings of incandescent bulbs can start the fire. I think this is related to the fact that not so many people know how to keep a tree properly hydrated (and many even buy a tree that's past hydrating). If you want to be super-safe, fire departments recommend unplugging everything at night.
We have always unplugged our lights at night and whenever we are out of the house. It is just a waste of electricity otherwise.
 

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TheTrisagion said:
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Actually statistics show plenty of Christmas-tree related fires with no candles involved. In some cases, even strings of incandescent bulbs can start the fire. I think this is related to the fact that not so many people know how to keep a tree properly hydrated (and many even buy a tree that's past hydrating). If you want to be super-safe, fire departments recommend unplugging everything at night.
We have always unplugged our lights at night and whenever we are out of the house. It is just a waste of electricity otherwise.
same here...even with our fake tree
 

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Ugh, I feel so stupid. I am still bummed out by the Steelers loss last night. Usually a nights sleep and I'm ok. Here it is a day later and I'm still mad. I need to stop following sports.  :(
 

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Stop following sports? Unpossible, our society won't let you.  :-\ :angel:
 

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Justin Kissel said:
Stop following sports? Unpossible, our society won't let you.  :-\ :angel:
Well, it isn't going to happen, but there are times, like today, that I think, perhaps I should not be allowing my emotions to be controlled by football, regardless of how much I enjoy watching.
 

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I've never followed sports. Well except occasional ice hockey championships which are kind a big issue around here. I'd like to follow soccer football but I have no idea about the rules nor am I particularly interested in it.
 

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Alpo said:
I've never followed sports. Well except occasional ice hockey championships which are kind a big issue around here. I'd like to follow soccer football but I have no idea about the rules nor am I particularly interested in it.
Rules easy.  Kick ball.  No hands.  Run for hours.  Put ball in net.  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
 
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