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84-Year-Old Grandpa Welds a Death Star Fire Pit for Christmas

Friday 01.02.2015 , Posted by
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That’s no moon… it’s a fire pit. For Christmas this year, Redditor Jennifer Allison (aka Bandia5309) got a gift that would warm the heart of any Star Wars fan. Her 84-year-old grandpa, Kenneth, took the round ends off a propane tank, connected them to form a sphere and cut out just the right bits to turn it into a very toasty version of the Death Star… including that pesky ventilation shaft. [Read more…]

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Every Year for Christmas, This Photographer Dresses Up His Dog

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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20 years ago, photographer Peter Thorpe started a wonderful Christmas tradition. For his annual holiday card he enlists the help of his dog, using elaborate costumes to transform him into different animals. It’s hilarious fun, and very, very clever. [Read more…]

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Genius Guy Wears A Mistletoe Contraption at A Christmas Market in Chicago

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels more giving at Christmas time and YouTuber Blake Grigsby took this well known fact to his advantage. He created a mistletoe dangling contraption and wore it around the Christkindlmarket in Chicago to collect kisses from strangers. This free outdoor market is a Chicago Christmas staple and attracts many locals and tourists every year. It was the perfect setting for this playful experiment and Grigsby’s video is sure to make you smile. [Read more…]

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Don’t Trim Your Beard With Scissors. Trim It With Holiday Cheer!

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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Winter is here and that means it’s beard season! While you decorate your home for the holidays, why not decorate your beard too? Beard Baubles are tiny beard ornaments that make your face festive. All of the proceeds will be donated to Beard Season, an organization that promotes growing beards to spread the word about melanoma. [Read more…]

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“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads. [Read more…]

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We Have a Winner: Steve Kardynal’s Chatroulette Performance of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Wednesday 12.25.2013 , Posted by
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In case your Christmas needs a few more laughs, here’s Chatroulette like you’ve never seen it… and that’s saying a LOT. Steve Kardynal, known as a Chatroulette Performer decided to vamp it up for the unsuspecting masses of the internet, performing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” [Read more…]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more…]

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50 Years of 50 “Must Have” Toys

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Ok, I’m going to ask a personal question: how old are you? Too personal? Ok, ok… I won’t dig that deep here. How about: what toy was popular for christmas when you were 10 years old? I know you remember it. In those exciting youthful days, there was always a “must have” gift on the list… something that would absolutely crush Christmas without finding it under the tree. Was it a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Hot Wheels car, or a Razor scooter? For me it was a remote control submarine from the Sears Wishbook. Remember that? This great graphic tracks some of the most popular holiday toys from the past 50 years. Is your favorite gift from Christmas past on the list? [Read more…]

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Santa Claus Invades 24 Classic Paintings

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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That jolly old elf Santa Claus is up to some art history shattering shenanigans this christmas. With some assistance from his little helper, photographer Ed Wheeler, Santa has found himself riding Napoleon’s horse across the alps, crossing the Delaware river, decorating one of Mondrian’s paintings with a wreath and even becoming God. [Read more…]

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more…]

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