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Friday's Follies and Fun Facts - Christmas Edition

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday My Lip Smackers!  It's time for some CHRISTMAS FACTOIDS for this week's edition of Friday Follies and Fun Facts.  There will be shopping, there will be movies, and there will be merriment.


Christmas Movies:

The author of A Christmas Story, James Shepherd has a cameo appearance in the film as a disgruntled department store customer who tells Ralphie to get to the back of the line.   Shepherd's Christmas stories originally appeared in Playboy Magazines in 1965 and 1967.....


The name of the dog in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is Max.

The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming man named Thurl Ravenscroft.


When Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."

 Mall Facts:
Malls begin decorating the first week in November.
The most popular holiday song played at malls is Jingle Bells.
Malls will spend an average of $20,000 this year on Christmas decorations.  (WTF?  That's $$ well spent huh?)
72% of malls say that most gift cards are redeemed in January.


Other useless holiday info:

The "Hallelujah Chorus" fits into the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah, not Christmas.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.  (Yes, we can thank good 'ol Leonardo for the ability to spend countless hours with ribbons and paper and the ability to break our backs wrapping gifts.)

The woman who has appeared most on the covers of Time magazine is the Virgin Mary -- ten times.



The number one holiday gift for girls, Barbie's  full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.






 
Well, that's it my sweets.  MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE!

33 comments:

Moooooog35 said...

You might want to shorten this post up.

Just a tip, there.

Secret Agent K said...

Hmm yes yes *taps chin and nods* Interesting...

Love the new layout by the way it totally makes my girl crush on you WAYYYYY worse

Travis said...

Sweet Moses.

I need to go watch A Christmas Story.

Thanks for the reminder!

Mrsblogalot said...

That last picture of Crapper Santa is the shit!!!!!

Daffy said...

Malls make me feel violent.

F Barbie....who needs her disproportionate ass?

As for the Santa pic? I always knew it wasn't really coal....

MaeRae said...

See, the old saying you learn something new every day, came true for me today.

I love the pic of the cat!

Hissyfits & Halos said...

OMG---- I was going to leave an incredibly witty comment about Barbie...but I can't after reading what Daffy wrote: I always knew it wasn't really coal....

*applause* Best Joke Award! ;)

Just Another Momma said...

The last picture of Santa is great! LMAO! Maybe I should show it to the kids and tell them if they're bad this is what they're gettin . . . or maybe not?

Menopausal New Mom said...

I'm still laughing at that cat cartoon, how funny and typical if you know cats!

Noelle said...

ernie and bert...who knew? i always thought they were modeled after oscar and felix with a little homosexual twist. come to think of it, oscar and felix were called "the odd couple". now, couple to ME means they are a couple. do you think...?

sorry...i digress.

WTF! i was all ready to come over here for a wtf friday! you are so unpredictable! you is one craazy think tank momma!

The Blue Zoo said...

Love the Santa cartoon! Ha Ha!

Moooooog35 said...

Then you didn't even DELETE my first comment?!

At the very least, woman, explain why it said that so I don't look like an ass.

Well...MORE of an ass.

There. Friday fact. I'm an ass.

Like that's news to anyone.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I knew that about Bert and Ernie, I know quite a bit of trivia about Wonderful Life, it's one of my favorite movies.

Love the cat/dog pic. ;)

Meeko Fabulous said...

I love these! Oh yea . . Finally grabbed your button! :)

Ed Adams said...

I just wanted to agree with Moooog.


He is an Ass.

Ha!

Love the Santa pic.

Nancy Campbell said...

Ralphie first appeared in Playboy? Maybe it wasn't a bi-bi gun that would shoot his eye out.

Dual Mom said...

hmmmmm interesting...were Bert and Ernie gay?

ScoMan said...

I always feel smarter after reading these posts.. although not a lot of it is stuff that I can use in everyday conversation.

Except that amount malls spend on Christmas decorations. Wow.

Carol said...

Thank you for the enlightenment once again. Always interesting!

Just think if the malls thought more about donating money to charity than spending it on useless decorations... use the ones from last year like the rest of us!

Iva said...

ha! every year without fail I watch A Christmas Story!! Have a great weekend!!

gayle said...

That picture of Santa is something else!!!

Mad Woman said...

The guy who did Tony the Tiger did the Grinch song too?? AWESOME!!

Me-Me King said...

Pop on over to The Screaming Me-Me where some really BIG news is waiting for you!!!

Quirkyloon said...

I love A Christmas Story!

Ralphie: "I dunno, the bell rang!"

hee hee

CatLadyLarew said...

Love the Santa cartoon! Talk about getting shit for Christmas!

Unknown Mami said...

Thank GAWD, my fireplace is sealed off! I guess Santa needs a potty break, too.

Plentymorefishoutofwater said...

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Tgoette said...

Thanks for some good info! This will make me sound intelligent around the Christmas dinner table...even if I do have food in my beard and talk with my mouth full.

Liked the dog/cat pic too!

Rose said...

Wow! tnx I shall add that to all the useless information I find hilarious. Barbara Millicent Roberts? Is that like her middle name or was she like married to ken and his last name is Roberts? anywho... Merry Christmas to you as well :) Love the new layout!

dana said...

I need some mental trivia lately. The real stuff is getting me down.

Joy said...

That was some fun trivia. Seriously interesting!

Didn't know about the Bert-n-Ernie fact, or the Grinch/TonyTiger fact either. Quite frankly I don't think I knew hardly any of them so that was a fun read.

$20k for mall decorations at Christmas? Why don't they just use the same stuff from last year?!?!

Secretia said...

That cat and dog cartoon is killer funny!

Corrie Howe said...

No that I'm going to steal your thunder, but where do you find all these factoids? (My blog theme is Jonathan and autism, so I won't steal from you.)

Did I mention that I won't steal from you?