Saturday, 31 December 2016

Swinging Fire Balls in the Streets

50 New Year Traditions From Around the World




Weird and Wonderful New Year Traditions


Via: 4 Gifs



New Year's Effigies to be burned New Year's Eve
Cuenca, Ecuador
The symbolic meaning is in the burning up of the bad of the past year and
the hope that the coming year will be better.



























Friday, 30 December 2016

Dance Like No One is Watching XXXIII




For over 6 years, Science magazine and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have challenged researchers to explain their doctoral research through interpretive dance. 2013's winner of the Dance Your Ph.D. contest goes to Cedric Tan, a biologist whose postdoctoral research examines the relationship between sperm and the egg. In the winning submission, Tan explains his thesis, titled “Sperm competition between brothers and female choice,” through water ballet, jazz, and the use of a human bubble" (the egg).




Via:  Zen Pencils


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Everybody's Got Somewhere They Call Home

If you don't want people putting words in your mouth, the best solution is to keep it shut. ~ Unknown #quote

It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical? ~ Alan Perlis #quote

I'd rather be nobody's anything, than someone's nothing. ~ Unknown #quote

No matter how long you live there will always be an amazing new food for you try.
#factoid

All pictures taken on a Road Trip from Cuenca, Ecuador to Vilcabamba Ecuador

I don't want to be the one who says life is beautiful. I want to be the one who feels it. ~ Marty Rubin #quote

War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left. #cleverquotes

Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry ... To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. ~ George Polya, mathematician #quote

In the sixties, the world was normal and people took acid to make it weird. Nowadays the world is weird and people take prozac to make it normal. ~ Unknown #quote


There's nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing it anyway. ~ Max Burnett on Dateline #quote

When kids hit one year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. ~ Johnny Depp #quote

Fools rush in where fools have been before. ~ Unknown #quote

Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional. ~ John C. Maxwell #quote


Map Quest/Google Maps really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighbourhood. #ModernObservations

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow #quote

You evolve, not by seeking to go elsewhere, but by paying attention to and embracing what's in front of you. ~ Author Unknown #quote

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions. ~ Isaiah Berlin #quote

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. ~ Steve Prefontaine #quote


The death penalty can be tolerated only by extreme statist reactionaries who demand a state that is so powerful that it has the right to kill. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favour of common sense, common honesty, and common decency.This makes me forever ineligible for public office.~ H.L. Mencken #quote

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith  #quote

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote


Everybody's got somewhere they call home. ~ Roger Waters #quote

Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves. ~ Milan Kundera #quote


Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Missing you could turn from pain to pleasure, if I knew you were missing me too. ~ Unknown #quote

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero #quote

Do not spend too much time with large groups of people.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote


Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human. ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen #quote

Economists are people who work with numbers but who don't have the personality to be accountants. ~ Unknown #quote

Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up. ~ Unknown #quote

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. ~ Douglas Adams #quote


Wear comfortable shoes.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. ~ Betty Reese #quote

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. ~ Ruth E. Renkel #quote

Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. ~ Unknown #quote


Everyone, at some time or another, sits down to a banquet of consequences. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed. ~ Sid Caesar #quote

The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly. ~ Wallace Stevens #quote

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. ~ Unknown #quote

I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes - and six months later you have to start all over again. ~ Joan Rivers #quote


What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote

We have two lives...the life we learn with and the life we live with after that. ~ Bernard Malamud, The Natural #quote

There is great need for a sarcasm font. #ModernObservations

Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods. ~ H.L. Mencken #quote

Monday, 26 December 2016

Expectancy is the Atmosphere for Miracles



The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. ~ Johnny Carson #quote

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. ~ Author Unknown #quote

Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.  ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~ Kin Hubbard #quote

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~  Bob Hope #quote

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~  Roy L. Smith #quote

Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~  Dale Evans #quote

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. ~  Charles Dudley Warner #quote

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~ Johnny Carson #quote

One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." ~ J.K. Rowling #quote

“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold  #quote

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #quote


Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #quote

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles. ~  Edwin Louis Cole #quote

The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of a year you've had - it's a fresh start. ~  Kelly Clarkson #quote

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere #quote

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. ~ Loring A. Schuler #quote

This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~ Taylor Caldwell #quote


To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~ E.B. White #quote

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~ Author Unknown #quote

I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become... but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress. ~ May Sarton #quote

I do like Christmas on the whole.... In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year. ~ E.M. Forster #quote

Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money. ~ Author Unknown #quote

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. ~ Eric Sevareid #quote

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~  Charles Dickens #quote


If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? ~ Don Meredith #quote

There are no strangers on Christmas Eve. ~ Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini #quote

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime.  Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~ Robert Kirby #quote

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~ Deborah Whipp #quote

Santa knows Physics: Of all colours, Red Light penetrates fog best. That's why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson #quote

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. ~  Jay Leno #quote

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! ~ Charles Dickens #quote

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. ~  Thomas S. Monson #quote

Christmas is the day that holds all time together. ~  Alexander Smith #quote

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. ~  Andy Rooney #quote

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. ~  B. C. Forbes #quote

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~  Dave Barry #quote

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. ~  Arnold Bennett #quote

Very gay they were with snow and sleigh-bells, holly-boughs, and garlands, below, and Christmas sunshine in the winter sky above. All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~  Louisa May Alcott #quote

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~  Norman Vincent Peale #quote

Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home. ~ Carol Nelson #quote

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~ Charles Dickens #quote

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. ~ Richard Lamm #quote

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #quote

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~ Harlan Miller #quote

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn #quote


In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukkah" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukkah!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!" ~ Dave Barry #quote

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~ David Grayson #quote

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere #quote

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!" ~ Dr. Seuss #quote


Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~ Author Unknown #quote

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? ~ Bill Watterson #quote

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~ Author Unknown #quote


Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~ Larry Wilde #quote

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  ~Washington Irving #quote

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~ Peg Bracken #quote


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~ Charles Dickens #quote

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves. ~ Eric Sevareid #quote

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder #quote


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Talking Turkeys

Mama's Story

Mama told me a story a long long time ago not like any that I'd ever heard,
all about a little girl mama used to know, how I remember every word.
Seems like a lifetime ago, though I remember it so well,
it was a Christmas eve I'll never forget as far as I can tell.
We were sitting at the kitchen table, it was only my mother and me,
I was dreaming of Christmas morning and all the presents under the tree.
Dad wasn't doing that well and money was scarce that year,
Mama found a way of telling me without me shedding one tear.
She told me a story of a little girl and a Christmas long ago,
who came from far away, a place where it rarely snowed.
Santa was just a dream to her, but she believed so much inside,
that Christmas was going to be special, so she knelt by her bed and she cried.
"Lord let Santa remember me if not just this one time, I promise I won't ask for much, maybe a dolly I can call all mine."
She closed her prayer and thanked the Lord for all that she received,
she knew that Santa would really come if only she believed.
She wrote a letter to Santa unfamiliar to most girls and boys,
Though her list was long and full, on it there were no toys.
Only things we take for granted, like new shoes or underpants,
hair bows for her sisters and gloves to warm her brother's hands.
At the bottom of her list she asked if it not be to much, for a brand new baby doll she could hold and love and touch.
Then Christmas morning came and she looked beneath her tree,
Not a present to be found as far as she could see.
She didn't give up hope as she heard a knocking sound,
When she opened up her door a great big box she found.
She called out to her mother and dad, brothers and sisters too,
She said "my prayers were answered, there's something in here for all of you."
Her daddy got brand new boots, her mother new underpants, her sisters got beautiful hair bows, her brothers warm gloves for their hands.
Buried deep beneath the box was a brand new baby doll and a note that said Merry Christmas I love you one and all.
I'll never forget that story because much to my surprise,
I saw the true meaning of Christmas shining in my mother's eyes.
For those of you who are wondering, as if you didn't know,
The little girl in Mama's story was my mother long ago.

Soldiers' Christmas

Creeping through the silent night,
Things that move are things of fright,
Sleighbells never ringing now
Angels seldom singing, now
Nothing comes to make their season bright.

(Chorus)
Ring the bells and praise the Lord
For our soldiers' love outpoured,
Post their names upon your tree
As they fight to keep us free,
Remember ... their gift forevermore.

Helicopters - guns and tanks
Moving now in guarded ranks,
Not a bit of Christmas cheer
That must wait 'til Home next year,
Since their only present is your "Thanks."

(Chorus)
Ring the bells and praise the Lord
For our soldiers' love outpoured,


Post their names upon your tree
As they fight to keep us free,
Remember ... their gift forevermore.

Now with many flags unfurled
Boys and girls from 'round the world
Lift their voices - battle cry
Bound to win or bound to die
Brave young heroes all - to chaos hurled.

(Chorus)
Ring the bells and praise the Lord
For our soldiers' love outpoured,
Post their names upon your tree
As they fight to keep us free,
Remember ... their gift forevermore.

Here at home with Christmas cheer
In this fun time of the year,
Let's pause a bit from what we've planned,
Singing songs - with praises ... and
Send a loving hug to soldiers dear.

(Chorus)
Ring the bells and praise the Lord
For our soldiers' love outpoured,
Post their names upon your tree
As they fight to keep us free,
Remember ... their gift forevermore.




I Wish That I Could Wrap Up Christmas

I wish that I could wrap up all the love and Holiday cheer
That comes along with Christmas and with New Year's every year,
Pack it in a pretty box and put it on my shelf
And pull it down again each year and give it to myself.
I wish that I could tie up all my favorite carols with twine,
Wind around some ribbon, too, and for twelve months call them mine
Until the next Yuletide came when the sounds again could be unfurled
And untie every single one then give them to the world

Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas
Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun
Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked
An every turkey has a Mum.
Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don't eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate, an not on your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.
I got lots of friends who are turkeys
An all of dem fear christmas time,
Dey wanna enjoy it, dey say humans destroyed it
An humans are out of dere mind,
Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys
Dey all hav a right to a life,
Not to be caged up an genetically made up
By any farmer an his wife.

Turkeys just wanna play reggae
Turkeys just wanna hip-hop
Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying,
'I cannot wait for de chop',
Turkeys like getting presents, dey wanna watch christmas TV,
Turkeys hav brains an turkeys feel pain
In many ways like yu an me.

I once knew a turkey called...Turkey
He said "Benji explain to me please,
Who put de turkey in christmas
An what happens to christmas trees?",
I said "I am not too sure turkey
But it's nothing to do wid Christ Mass
Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be
An business men mek loadsa cash'.

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas
Invite dem indoors fe sum greens
Let dem eat cake an let dem partake
In a plate of organic grown beans,
Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas
An spare dem de cut of de knife,
Join Turkeys United an dey'll be delighted
An yu will mek new friends 'FOR LIFE'.




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