The Gävle goat is an enormous straw goat erected anually in the Swedish town. Just as traditional, though, is the act of (illegally) burning it down. Though the authorities have made efforts to prevent the arson, the Gävle goat only has about a half chance of surviving December. Reddit user desfirsit charted the historical survival rates across the month, and found that the heavy-drinking days leading up to St Lucy's Day and Christmas were most dangerous for the Gävle goat: "Only 44 percent of the goats have survived all of december."
The great Mark Lanegan—deep-throated vocalist for Screaming Trees and The Gutter Twins (with Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli)—is releasing a Christmas album. Titled "Dark Mark Does Christmas," the LP includes ten tracks, half of which were previously available on an EP sold during Lanegan's 2012 tour. (Listen above to his take on the 1857 carol "We… READ THE REST
Here's a glimpse of Covid-Christmas, a glittery ornament of Santa Claus in a face mask ($21.99). It's made by Old World Christmas, a company that specializes in higher-end handblown glass ornaments. On their blog, they also promise two other coronavirus-inspired ornaments: 2020 has been a wild ride however you slice it. Our most anticipated releases… READ THE REST
Jon Cog writes, "For Christmas, mathematician Donald Knuth shared some great geeky fun. He revealed how for the last 57 years, he's been incorporating the digits of pi into the exercises of his computer programming books — a whopping 1,700 times. And before long his annual 'Christmas Tree' lecture 'had turned into a kind of… READ THE REST
Your smartphone, while being an unquestioned technological marvel, can also get you into all kinds of trouble. Because it demands so much of your attention, it's easy to get distracted and miss what's happening around you, especially if you're shooting video or taking pictures. In fact, it can even get downright dangerous if you aren't… READ THE REST
Kitchen appliances and cooking tools are usually among the hottest doorbuster items every Black Friday. Unfortunately, there really aren't many doors to bust this year, due to COVID. However, cooking is eternal; so, despite the changes, deals are still flying fast and furious for a full assortment of air fryers, pressure cookers, and grills, all… READ THE REST
If you know a kid, then that means you might know a kid who wants a PS5 or an Xbox Series X. There's no question that the new next-generation gaming consoles are true marvels, but beyond playing games, there is another side of this activity that could fire up a kid's imagination or personal ingenuity… READ THE REST