No. Who can bear it. Only someone who hates herself, who believes to pull a hand back from a daughter’s cheek is to put love into her pocket— like one of those ashen Christian philosophers, or a war-bound soldier.
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Aujourd’hui se tient à Newark la cérémonie funéraire de Whitney Houston. On apprend ce matin qu’elle aurait dit à l’une de ses proches la veille de sa mort qu’elle souhait “aller voir Jesus”, qu’elle allait le voir…
En attendant, elle laisse sa fille, Bobbi Kristina, seule avec plus de 20…
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has given some of his views on politics, admitting that he has switched his allegiance to Labour, as he agrees with a lot of the things that Ed Miliband says. Daniel also claims that he feels that the Lib Dem leader …
“Le président-candidat a exigé de ne passer ni sur La Chaîne Météo, ni sur Equidia. On est quand même dans un pays très, très libre.”—Laurent Fabius, quelques heures avant l’intervention télévisée de Nicolas Sarkozy sur neuf chaînes différentes, 29 janvier 2012. (via humourpolitique)
“Parenting is just one part of a French mother’s life, alongside stilettos and a briefcase, not the high- investment, all-consuming project it has become to over-anxious parents in New York or London.”—Ever since “French Women Don’t Get Fat” became a bestseller in America a few years ago, a new genre has emerged devoted to the failings that French women don’t possess. Now a new book turns attention to the impossibly well-mannered offspring of these impossibly chic women. (via theeconomist)
Labour MP & Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott is under pressure to resign tonight after she tweeted, “White people love playing ‘divide & rule’ We should not play their game #tacticasoldascolonialism.”
The comment was part of a conversation about the representation of black communities in the media during coverage of Stephen Lawrence’s murder & the subsequent trial of his killers. Abbott was explaining that whilst some people may feel that those who had been chosen to represent the black community in the media were not truly representative, criticising them divided the black community at a time when unity was needed.
The comments may have been unwise & poorly worded, but her point is valid, & it is certainly true that, in the past, & to some extent in the present, white people thrive off the division of the black community.
“If you find yourself reading Chaucer for more than four hours seek immediate help from the Modern Language Association.”—Legal disclaimer to a hypothetical Super Bowl ad for the Norton Anthologies (via wwnorton)
Not to be a buzz kill but… Via Snopes (and with apologies for quoting in its entirety):
No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.
There are two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn’t appear to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total — 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that’s 91.8 million homes. One presumes there’s at least one good child in each.
Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second.
This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc.
This means that Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second — a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.
If every one of the 91.8 million homes with good children were to put out a single chocolate chip cookie and an 8 ounce glass of 2% milk, the total calories (needless to say other vitamins and minerals) would be approximately 225 calories (100 for the cookie, give or take, and 125 for the milk, give or take). Multiplying the number of calories per house by the number of homes (225 x 91.8 x 1000000), we get the total number of calories Santa consumes that night, which is 20,655,000,000 calories. To break it down further, 1 pound is equal to 3500 calories. Dividing our total number of calories by the number of calories in a pound (20655000000/3500) and we get the number of pounds Santa gains, 5901428.6, which is 2950.7 tons.
The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds.
Even granting that “flying reindeer” (see above) could pull TEN TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload (not even counting the weight of the sleigh) to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison, this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth. 353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance — this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each.
In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.
In conclusion: If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he’s dead now.
For the true believers, be sure to follow Santa on the Norad Santa Tracker. The countdown to liftoff is on.
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