First I saw this post on BoingBoing:
Drunken Xmas brawl at South Pole
Two men working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station got into a “drunken Christmas punch-up.” One man, an unidentified Raytheon employee, was injured so badly he couldn’t be treated at nearby McMurdo station and required an emergency medical evacuation to a New Zealand hospital. The other man was flown back to the US.
Sure, that is strange, but understandable when people who are cooped up together in an isolated area let their hair down. However, just under that report in my newsfeed was the following:
Priests brawl at Jesus’ birthplace
At a Bethlehem church built over the manger where Jesus was alleged to have been born, two groups of “robed and bearded” Greek Orthodox priests and Armenian priests fought each other for over an hour “using fists, brooms and iron rods as weapons.” Seven people were injured in the brawl.
The brawl apparently began when Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church after the Christmas Day celebrations.Armenian priests claimed that the ladders encroached on their portion of the church, which led the two sects to exchange angry words which quickly turned to blows.
Photographers who came to document the annual cleaning ceremony instead recorded the entire event.
What on earth happened this Christmas? Very odd. New Years is shaping up to be quite interesting. Though, I think I may stay in now
We built this Gir costume (a character from the Invader Zim cartoon) over the past few days for our tween to wear on Halloween. We found some plans to make it by KRYPTONIGHTENGALE on the GhostDroppings.com forums.
It was a big hit in the neighborhood and our tween was very proud to wear it. Unfortunately its hard to see the ears in these pictures, and I forgot to get one of the tail.