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Yes, Virginia, Eggnog Can Be Dangerous

A guy in Utah recently won the Eggnog Chugging Contest at a work holiday party.

He managed to down a quart in 12 seconds - shaving a full 10 seconds off the previous record.

His prize: a $50 gift certificate to a steak house.

Plus, three days in the hospital, including one in the Intensive Care Unit.

Looks like he managed to pour some of the eggnog down his windpipe, and it ended up in his lungs, causing pneumonia.

He says it took him a full week to recover.

Enjoy that steak, buddy. Remember - small bites, and be careful how you swallow!

 
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This is Just Wrong

A circus in Brescia in the northern part of Italy had its "pandas" seized by the local environmental police recently.

Turns out they weren't pandas at all. They were chow chows painted to look like pandas.

And the circus owners were charging kids for the privilege of taking pictures with the pandas.

RIght now, the owners are charged with animal cruelty, but will probably face charges for obtaining money under false pretenses.

Someone should paint them up to look like pandas and stick them in a zoo for a couple of weeks.

(The picture below comes from an Italian news feed, which explains why you may find some of the words unusual. I know I did.)
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Christmas Truce Marks 100-Year Anniversary

One hundred years ago yesterday marked a momentous occasion at the height of World War I.

German and British forces engaged in trench warfare along Europe's Western Front called an unofficial truce on Christmas Day, 1914.

It last only briefly - in some spots, just for Christmas Day - in others, for the week between Christmas and New Years.

But for that brief period, fighting stopped, and enemies socialized - exchanging season's greetings, sharing pictures of their loved ones, and in some cases, even playing games like soccer.

Not to trivialize it, but a group called the Four Guardsmen used this truce as the backdrop for their 1967 Christmas classic known as "Snoopy's Christmas."

The Peanuts character fantasized about being a World War I flying ace, in constant battle with the notorious (and historically real) Red Baron.

This is a fan-video, but listening to the song knowing that there's some real history behind it is a little chilling...

 
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Why Isn't This Terrier Terrified?

This is one of the oddest videos I've seen this holiday season.

It's called "Dog on a Roomba."

The dog is a Boston Terrier, dressed in a Santa coat and hat with some silver ribbon hanging from his neck

The Roomba is a robot floor cleaning device. It will cover your floor from wall to wall - when it hits an obstacle, it heads in another direction.

So here's this poor dog, riding the Roomba - to the tune of "Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus" - in what looks more like a hostage tape than entertainment.

I've got to wonder what's up with this dog. I've got a terrier, and I've got to tell you, my terrier would be trying to eat the Roomba.

Not a chance she'd take a ride around the room and let me tape it.

 
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Here's Something You Won't See Every Day

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan gave the world a little gift yesterday on Live with Kelly and Michael.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in a onesie, singing "Here Comes Santa Claus," doing a passable impression of Elvis Presley.

Definitely not something you'll see every day.

Unless of course you save this clip.

Then you can!

 
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The Con is On

A trailer was released this week for Will Smith's new movie, Focus, due out in February.

He plays a veteran con man who takes a recruit under his wing, and falls for her romantically in the process.

It's a comedy and a drama all rolled into one

Good to see some old TV faces in the trailer - Gerald McRaney and BD Wong among them.

 
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Now You Can Stay Home & Watch "The Interview"

Sony Pictures announced yesterday that they're making their controversial film, The Interview, available across the Internet today.

The movie, in case you're interested, will stream between 10 AM Pacific Time and 1 PM Eastern Time on Christmas Day, on platforms like Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com. You can rent the movie for $5.99, or buy the HD for $14.99.

Sony's official word is that it was always their plan to release the film on a national platform.

And here it is.

But only if you're American.

Seth Rogen apologizes for that.

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So This is a Christmas Tree?

Rihanna posted some pix to Instagram to show off her Christmas tree for this year.

Call me silly, but I see five sparkly pyramids piled on top of each other, sitting in a corner.

The stocking leaning against it doesn't reallly make it a Christmas tree.

I don't know - is it just me?
 
 

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The History of Tracking Santa

Most folks know about the offical Santa Tracker courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - aka, NORAD.

On Christmas Eve, all you have to do is log on to NORAD Tracks Santa, and they'll tell you where the Jolly Old Elf can be found.

The tradition began quite by accident back in 1955, when Sears published an ad that told kids to call Santa at ME2-6681 (back then, the first two characters in a phone number were letters for the phone exchange).

"Call me on my private phone, and I will talk to you personally, any time, day or night, or come visit me at Sears Toyland," read the ad. It showed a drawing of Santa, and the phone number.

Turns out that phone number belonged to Continental Air Defense Command (the precursor to NORAD) and it was the hotline, known only to two people.

The United States was in the middle of the Cold War, so when the hotline rang, the commander was expecting the worse when he answered the phone.

Imagine his surprise when a little boy said, "Is this Santa Claus?"

The phone calls kept coming, and the commander put some airmen on the phones to play Santa Claus.

From there, the tradition grew.

And if you want to call NORAD to find out what's going on with Santa's progress tonight, dial 1-877-HI-NORAD.



 
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Reporter Gets a Little Too Close to His Story

The subject matter isn't funny.

But the results are hilarious.

BBC reporter Quentin Somerville was covering a drug seizure in Afghanistan, and reporting on the burning of eight-and-a-half tons of heroin, opium and hashish.

Looks like he got a little too close to the inferno.

Check out the video - and see if you can avoid laughing...

 
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