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Archive for December, 2010

23 December: Night of Radishes

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) takes place every year, on the 23rd of December, in Oaxaca,Spain and is one of the most impressive vegetable festivals around the world.

The radish was brought to the Americas in the 16th century, and back then the vendors used to carve them and use them on their market stalls to attract customers. Although the origins of the festival cannot be traced to an exact period, it is considered that it all began in the year 1897, when the mayor of Oaxaca organized the first radish-art exposition. Everever since that first celebration, every year, this humble vegetable is meticulously carved into animals, warriors, kings, dancers and pretty much any shape you can imagine. The artists sometimes make use of other vegetables, like onion or lettuce to complete their work. There’s also a prize for the most beautiful piece displayed.

The carver’s work begins about three days in advance and on the 23rd of December, the day of the festival, the results of all their hard work is presented to the public. On that same day, especially in the morning, children have the chance to learn this incredible art of radish-carving, or at least some of its secrets.

The celebrations don’t end that day. They continue on Christmas Eve and Christmas  Day with other joyful “fiestas”, parades of floats, fireworks music and dancing.

[More images here.]

Almost missed it, but Happy Birthday, Axe Cop!

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Cold Enough For Ya?

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The second foto is of an Ohio lighthouse on Lake Erie after a recent storm. I’m not sure about the others. [Found in here, here and here.]

Decoration WIN/FAIL

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Oh yes. Oh no. OMG.

[Found in here.]

Holiday Inflation

Monday, 20 December 2010

As soon as I saw it I wondered what kind of house might these folks live in. So I turned loose our crack team of webminers, and they found this:

Now it makes perfect sense.

[Images found here and here.]

Edmund and Ulysses de Moulin’s Contribution to The World

Sunday, 19 December 2010

From Futility Closet:

In 1900, evidently tired of initiating pledges by hand, Edmund and Ulysses de Moulin decided to automate the process.With their “initiating device,” the applicant is blindfolded, placed in position, and told to pull the handles to test his strength. When he does so, the paddle spanks him and an electric shock passes through his arms, “making the sensation rather unique.”

Saturday Matinee – Billy Joel, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Booker T & The MGs

Saturday, 18 December 2010

All of Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits. Just like they were meant to be.

The Temptations’ 1970 hit “Ball of Confusion” has one of the best lines ever: “Vote For Me and I’ll Set You Free.” [via SADM].

According to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, the top artists of 1970 were Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. Let’s go with some Aretha:

Aretha Franklin is an American classic. Here she is backed up by King Curtis.

Here’s King Curtis & The Kingpins. The description attached to this vid from the Utoobage: “The only band that could make Booker T & The MG’s sweat.”

Proof that Booker T & the MGs didn’t sweat. With that, have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No.156 – SoccerButtDance, CatCardHouse & MufflerMouse

Friday, 17 December 2010

[Found here, here and here.]

Subsubmarine

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Yep. That’ll work. And no, I’m not mocking him in the least because he’s got one and I don’t. Meanwhile, I’ll man the shore battery.

[Found here.]

[Updated image with link to appropriate soundtrack.]

Emo Horse says “Dude.”

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

If I had a horse and wanted to paint and dye him I’d paint and dye him like this just to give him a high five and say, “Dude.”

[Found here.]

Capybara Stew

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

[Found here, related capyposts here.]


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