53 posts tagged Holidays
53 posts tagged Holidays
As the final performance of their Movies in Real Life series (previously featured here), the irrepressible folks from New York-based prank collective Improv Everywhere headed down into the subway on a holiday-themed mission.
Three children board a full subway car while having an argument that seems strangely familiar. The argument quickly turns into a challenge, dares are issued and, before you know it, one of the kids has his tongue stuck firmly to a subway pole. That’s right, the troupe recreated the triple dog dare scene from A Christmas Story. And it’s pretty wonderful.
(But don’t worry, no one actually licked a filthy subway pole. Clever use was made of a prosthetic tongue with a magnet inside. Its effectiveness can be seen in the reactions on the faces of all the other passengers on the train.)
[via Improv Everywhere]
Last year Annabel de Vetten, the baking maven behind the Conjurer’s Kitchen (previously featured here), created an entire Christmas dinner, roast turkey and all the trimmings, using cake.The dinner was prepared for a 2012 Imperial Fringe event called the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’. The Imperial Fringe is an ongoing series of free public events exploring the unexpected side of science at the Imperial College of London.
Annabel made the entire meal by hand in only a few hours using sponge cake, chocolate, buttercream frosting, marzipan, and edible paint. The gravy was made of chocolate caramel sauce and the wine was fruit-flavoured gelatin. Even the candles, created by Cake For Breakfast, were made of solid chocolate.
The idea behind the sweet dinner was that visitors to the exhibition would eat it - but in typically British fashion, people were too polite to touch the art, much less take great bites out of it. Annabel said: ‘We took the dinner along to the exhibition for people to eat but to begin with everybody was a bit shy about trying tucking in. Once the first person tried a bit though, everybody else joined in and it was gone within 30 minutes.’
We think the mere idea of cake for dinner is great, so this awesome holiday spread is a spectacular feat of edible art. Click here for more photos.
If you’re looking for a little high-tech in your ugly Christmas sweater, Mark Rober and his company, Digital Dudz, have got you covered. Mark is a former Nasa scientist who spent nine years working on the Curiosity rover before breaking into the novelty clothing business. Mark creates holidays garments which utilize a pouch, the wearer’s smartphone, and a free app to take their festive look to the next level.
His latest efforts make use of a free Android and iPhone app to reinvigorate the tired ugly-Christmas-sweater genre. Download the app, slip your smartphone in the Velcro pouch, and then just stand back smugly sipping your eggnog as the plaudits roll in.
Rober said, “It just blows people’s minds, because for thousands of years clothing has been static. It doesn’t move. And then when it does, people are like, ‘What kind of sorcery is that?’ And then you explain that it’s a phone and they’re like, ‘Oh. Yeah.’”
Here you see a design which features a cozy, flickering fire merrily burning inside the sweater’s kitschy fireplace. This is just one of the five different designs available this year. Click here to view videos demonstrations of all the sweaters.
Mark Rober’s awesomely ugly Christmas sweaters can be ordered here.
Make it so, make it so, make it so!
James Covenant used clips from Star Trek: The Next Generation to create this delightful minute-long video in which Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his intrepid crew sing “Let It Snow!” If you’re a fan of TNG, there are lots of familiar faces here, but it’s Wesley Crusher’s big scene that takes the cake.
[via Geeks are Sexy]
Want to spice up your tree with some super stupendous ornaments?
Our new ornaments for 2013 are the Lederhosen Unicorn (sassy!), Krampus (naughty!), Santa Pickle (briny!), Creepy Horse Head (stop staring at me!) and Charles Darwin (evolutionary!). The Darwin ornament stealthily resembles Santa, so you can sneak it on your tree. It also pairs well with an Atheist Stocking.
They say “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Thanks to a group of A&M Traditions Club members and volunteers, that saying now includes gingerbread houses too. Behold the World’s Largest Gingerbread House. Measuring an awesome 39,201.8 cubic feet, it’s the size of real house and it really is made of gingerbread:
"Traditions Club Executive Chef, Michael Menchaca, lead the baking team to success. The house at Traditions Club is 60 feet by 42 feet and is 20.11 feet tall at its highest point. It was constructed using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and close to 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Add to this 22,304 pieces of candy that are attached to it. Totaling 36 million calories!"
All the materials used to create the house were donated to the project and all of the proceeds from it are being donated to the St. Joseph’s Level II Trauma Center in Bryan, Texas. Thus far, the enormous edible house has raised in over $150,000.
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Sylvia Pope is a 70-year-old grandmother from Wales who loves Christmas. Her house in Morriston, Swansea, South Wales is home to her ever-growing collection of Christmas ornaments, which now numbers over 1800 pieces. The glittering holiday baubles come from all over the world and, because she has more than would fit on her Christmas tree, they hang from her living room ceiling for all to enjoy.
Sylvia began collecting Christmas ornaments in 1999. Her sparkling collection - now worth over $32,000 - is so large that, in years past, she would have to start hanging them from her ceiling in September in order to be done in time for the holidays.
Sylvia said: ‘I love them - and everyone smiles when they see how many I have hanging above my living room. I spend about £100 [~ $165] a year on new baubles and visit all the festive markets to find new ones. I have baubles from all around the world - friends even bring me them from holiday and I have some from Greece with donkeys and cats on. I also have ones from famous shops such as Macy’s and Harrods. My grandchildren and play ‘I Spy’ with the different baubles. We have great fun.’
Sylvia enjoys the sight of her twinkling ornament collection so much that she would leave them all up until March. However this year, due to a dodgy knee, Sylvia finally decided to simply leave them up year round.
She says, ‘I intend to keep collecting as many baubles as I can for as long as I can. They are brilliant.’
December is upon us. That means T-mas is right around the corner. It’s time to get started on the three great T-mas traditions: writing your Pity List, decorating the Fool, and sending cards to your loved ones.
[via Brandon Bird]