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  • The true story behind who put the ‘x’ in Xmas!

    12/29/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Dec 23, 2015 | Ketakee Gondane
    Whether it's giving gifts or munching on candy canes, everyone loves Christmas traditions, but few people know how or where these customs came from. Find out the surprising, funny and even nothing-to-do with-Jesus roots of these common Christmas traditions. Why's it called Xmas? It's a short form we've all used on greeting cards when we didn't have enough space, but few people know why 'x' is a good substitute for 'Christ' in 'Christmas'. Turns out, the Greek letter 'chi' is written as 'x' and is the first letter of the word 'Christ' in Greek. While the use of the word...
  • Box Office ( Left Behind at #3 New/ # 6 overall)

    10/05/2014 10:17:47 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 19 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | October 5, 2014
    They don't like Free Republic. Maybe they don't like anybody else either. Anyway, you need to click on the link to get their info.
  • A Cats 200-Mile Trek Home Leaves Scientists Guessing

    01/21/2013 12:54:16 PM PST · by Theoria · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2013 | Pam Belluck
    Nobody knows how it happened: an indoor housecat who got lost on a family excursion managing, after two months and about 200 miles, to return to her hometown.Even scientists are baffled by how Holly, a 4-year-old tortoiseshell who in early November became separated from Jacob and Bonnie Richter at an R.V. rally in Daytona Beach, Fla., appeared on New Years Eve staggering, weak and emaciated in a backyard about a mile from the Richters house in West Palm Beach.Are you sure its the same cat? wondered John Bradshaw, director of the University of Bristols Anthrozoology Institute. In other...
  • Hollies Get Prickly for a Reason

    12/22/2012 4:02:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 20, 2012 | Christy Ullrich
    Festive trees make spiny leaves to ward off nibblers.With shiny evergreen leaves and bright red berries, holly trees are a naturally festive decoration seen throughout the Christmas season. They're famously sharp. But not all holly leaves are prickly, even on the same tree. And scientists now think they know how the plants are able to make sharper leaves, seemingly at will. (Watch a video about how Christmas trees are made.) A new study published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society suggests leaf variations on a single tree are the combined result of animals browsing on them and the...
  • Obama Administration Gave Petraeus's Wife a $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/15/2012 8:54:43 AM PST · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/14/2012 | Penny Star
    ( The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extramarital affair--to a $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB, created by the Dodd-Frank law, was placed by that law under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve. The funding of the CFBP, which comes from the Federal Reserve, is not subject to congressional oversight. Mrs. Petraeus became a member of the CFPB Implementation Team on Jan. 12, 2011. She is now the assistant director for the Office of...
  • Buddy Holly: Day the Music Died, 50 years ago

    02/03/2009 8:03:41 PM PST · by Flavius · 119 replies · 2,818+ views
    kansascity ^ | Feb. 03, 2009 | By PAMELA HUEY
    DULUTH, Minn. The rickety old bus pulled out of the Duluth Armory late on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1959, and headed across St. Louis Bay into the frigid Wisconsin night. On board were some exhausted and stinky rock n rollers and their harried manager. The Winter Dance Party tour had just finished its ninth gig in as many days and was headed for Appleton and Green Bay, Wis., for two shows that Sunday.
  • Buddy Holly, rock music genius

    02/03/2009 6:44:28 AM PST · by DBCJR · 29 replies · 2,322+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/3/09 | Don McLean
    ... Buddy's music is so musical. The number of great recordings he made in his very short life places him at or beyond the level of any musical artist in almost any category. ... They are rock mountains that nobody has climbed. The diversity of Buddy's music is also profound. "Moondreams" and "True Love Ways" are musically as advanced as anything by the great popular composers. Gershwin or Berlin would have marveled at these compositions. His electric guitars were raw, but controlled like bullwhips. They jingle and jangle freely in "That'll Be the Day" and "Oh Boy," and they snake...
  • 50 Winters Have Passed Since the Day the Music Died (Feb 3rd, 1959)

    01/31/2009 9:45:34 AM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 821+ views
    KCDB ^ | Posted: Jan 30, 2009 10:26 PM
    It's been 50 winters since the death of Lubbock native and rock-n-roll superstar Buddy Holly. "Fifty Winters Later" is the name of a memorial event in Clear Lake, Iowa where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash February 3, 1959. Just 11 months prior, Holly and the Crickets made an international impact.
  • Rock fans head to Iowa to recall day music died

    01/27/2009 9:21:11 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 1,051+ views
    ap via Breitbart ^ | Jan 27, 2009 | MARCO SANTANA
    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock 'n' roll. The passing decades haven't diminished fascination with that night on Feb. 2, 1959, when 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens performed in Clear Lake and then boarded the plane for a planned 300-mile flight that lasted only minutes. "It was really like the first rock 'n' roll landmark; the first death," said rock historian Jim Dawson, who has...
  • Baby-killing case against daughter shocks dad (Left her baby to die in alley behind a bar)

    10/16/2005 1:21:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 66 replies · 1,994+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | 10/15/05 | LANCE BENZEL
    It's been three years since Terry Ashcraft of Billings last spoke to his daughter, the 21-year-old University of Southern California student accused of leaving her newborn son to die in an alley behind a popular bar in Los Angeles. So Ashcraft was as shocked as anyone when he learned of the allegations against Holly Ashcraft - a pretty honor roll graduate of West High who reportedly attended USC on a full scholarship. If I could say something that would enlighten things, I would do that, Terry Ashcraft said outside his home Friday. All I can really say about it is...
  • Moving Man in Iraq: America's Logistical Task

    04/06/2004 8:09:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 325+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2004 | NEIL KING JR.
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Ex-Marine Jack Holly is a logistics man in this most logistically challenged of countries. His assignment: to make sure $18.4 billion in U.S.-funded construction work and supplies get to the right place at the right time.</p> <p>And that's in a country now suffering from a spate of armed militia and terrorist attacks and with no existing distribution system, a dysfunctional rail network, no major ports, no fully operational commercial airports, and roads already clogged with traffic.</p>
  • Penna Mike Fisher Ad Rumors Spark Furor [Involves Rendell's "friend," Holly]

    10/02/2002 8:18:06 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 64 replies · 717+ views ^ | 10/02/02 | John Baer
    AND NOW for another Holly Kinser episode. The statuesque blonde lobbyist known for attracting the spotlight because of her friendship with Democrat Ed Rendell and her divorce from state House Democratic Leader Bill DeWeese had a little encounter of the Republican kind. It was last week in a Harrisburg hotel, then in a nightclub. It was over the governor's race. And it wasn't pretty. "It was about as confrontational a conversation as I've seen in this town in 10 years," said a witness to the nightclub scene. There were two parts to the evening. Kinser, a lobbyist for Wojdak &...
  • Grim Discovery Near U.S. Air Base (Police-Missing UK girls believed found dead)

    08/18/2002 10:03:51 AM PDT · by cabral · 47 replies · 828+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | August 18, 2002 | Paul Harris
    Police believe the two bodies found yesterday in a Suffolk field are those of missing 10 year old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.The find came hours after detectives arrested school caretaker Ian Huntley 28, on suspicion of abduction and murder. Huntley's girlfriend Maxine Carr, 25 was arrested on suspicion of murder.The bodies were discovered at around 1 PM (London Time) by three people out walking near the village of Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath, which is used by the United States Air Force.The site lies close to the A1065 road to Swaffham, around 10 miles east of the girls home village...