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December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra, aka Santa Claus. In 1909, a Door-to-Door Catnip Salesman Incited a Riot in New York City. How Civil War Soldiers Gave Themselves Syphilis While Trying to Avoid Smallpox. A selection of weird nativity sets. The Amazing Story of Joseph Pujol, the Famous French Fartist From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. The Evolutionary Reason Why Fish Don’t Swim Upside Down.
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By Reuben Glaser Published: December 22nd, 2012 We're all aware that Santa Claus is based on the very real St. Nicholas of Myra, correct? He was a 5-foot-tall Greek guy with a broken nose, he lived in modern-day Turkey around A.D. 2...

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"Why don’t you arrest the catnip? That is collecting the crowd. Not I,” he argued.

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Bullets fly, the cold creeps in, and your body is so malnourished that you can barely walk. You know that if smallpox gets a hold of you, you don't stand a chance. You look at your fellow soldier's pus-filled lesion and realize ther...

Merry St. Nicholas Day!

US Politics / Conservative : NRO: The Corner

Today’s the feast day of St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra (renamed Demre by the invaders), who is the inspiration for our Santa Claus. Hilariously, the local Turk authorities, whose ancestors murdered or enslaved the ...

Wednesday links

US Politics / Conservative : NRO: The Corner

A day that will live in infamy: It’s the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. How Civil War Soldiers Gave Themselves Syphilis While Trying to Avoid Smallpox. Microwave Memories – cooking with early microwave ovens.  December 6...


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