Thinking about getting a new nativity scene for your home this Christmas?Leave it to the Neapolitans to come up with some of the best ideas for an off-beat look at this tradition made popular by St. Francis Asisi in 1223.

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Memo to Kelly

December 5, 2007

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly might want to look to India for a model to keep New York’s Finest in top shape.

The regime? Yoga and Bhangra.

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Santa Claus Tracker

December 5, 2007

Christmas is fast approaching and we all want to make sure Santa doesn’t forget about us.

The NTS, or North American Aerospace Defense Command Tracking Service, was created in the mid-50s to track Santa as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve. Read and hear about how it all began.

And now, you can now track Santa in 3D, starting at 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, by downloading Goggle Earth. digg it technorati

Gone are the days when one could lie down in the comfort of a hotel room bed, open the drawer of the night table, and pick up and read a few verses of the Bible.

That is, if you are staying in some of the new wave of boutique hotels opening all over the country.

Newsweek reports that since 2001 the number of hotels offering religious material in their rooms has dropped by 18 percent.

Not that fancy hotel rooms are lacking amenities. The Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan offers iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and a gold fish. Yes, a living gold fish.

But what is now replacing the holy book? Intimacy kits, of course. Think condoms and lovers’ dice games.

When asked if the new Marriott boutique chain in development would include Bibles in its rooms, a spokesman described the new ventures as “cutting-edge,” “more urban” and “less values-oriented.” digg it technorati

According to the Gotham Gazette, New York City produces more than 7 billion pounds of garbage every year.

Play the Garbage Game and try to come up with a solution to the city’s garbage disposal problem.

I played The Gotham Gazette Garbage Game and sent 5,406,744 tons of refuse across 3,243,350 miles. digg it technorati

Well, somebody had to do it

November 11, 2007

Why not the King?

After President Chavez criticized former Spanish President Aznar, the current Spanish President Rodriguez Zapatero, a socialist with very different views from those of the conservative Aznar, defended his countryman by saying that President Aznar was chosen by the Spanish people.

This response, however, was not good enough for Chavez who kept interrupting. Until finally, a voice of reason rose from the crowd…

“Why don’t you shut up?,” the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, told President Chavez. digg it technorati

Sometimes dying is a bitch

November 11, 2007

Some of these are funny, others sad and tragic, but most of them are CRAZY. lists the Top 25 Craziest Deaths (in the last 100 years) and Famous Last Words.

Here’s a taste:

Frank Hayes, jockey, suffered a heart attack during a horse race. The horse, Sweet Kiss, went on to finish first, making Hayes the only deceased jockey to win a race. (1953)

Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan. digg it technorati