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December 16, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Yippee ki-yay mo' fos! Ah yes, finally someone has begun to notice the AoS HQ approved favorite Christmas Movie. The Top Ten Christmas Movies Of All Time. That's right. Die Hard is #1.

10. Charles Dickens'-A Christmas Carol
9. Miracle On 34th Street
8. Gremlins (What?!)
7. Elf
6. The Bishop's Wife
5. A Christmas Story (should be higher)
4. 1941
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Brazil
1. Die Hard

OK, Christmas Vacation should be on this list. Seriously.

Cubicle Christmas Light Show

I so want to do this at my cubicle at work. The only problem is that since I work for the government, someone might find it offensive. Or have a seizure from the flashy lights.

Germany Christmas Markets

They sure do have some strange ways to celebrate Christmas in Germany. Germany's Weirdest Christmas Markets. Oh wait. Did I say strange? Based on the picture, that's not strange. That's awesome!

Aptly dubbed “the horniest Christmas market in Germany“, this unorthodox Weihnachtsmarkt can be found in the St Pauli district of Hamburg and offers an array of sexy seasonal treats for the sixth year in a row.

The set up is similar to a normal market, with wooden stalls touting their wares, a decked out Christmas tree and vendors selling mulled wine. But there is one main difference; sex everywhere, in true St. Pauli style.

Alongside the traditional Christmas paraphernalia sit scanty knickers, erotic pictures, and hand carved wooden dildos made by a family-run team specializing in wooden sex toys.

Oh God. I imagine the German ERs have to deal with a lot of splinter related injuries!

Obligatory Christmas Doggeh Video

Moar Government Waste

I swear to God, the folks spending money on these various alternative medicine studies are the same ones who keep sending money to that Nigerian dude that sends you an email saying you have inherited a large sum of money. Studying Alternative Medicine With Taxpayer Dollars.

Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could not.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or NCCAM, also helped pay scientists to study whether squirting brewed coffee into someone's intestines can help treat pancreatic cancer (a $406,000 grant) and whether massage makes people with advanced cancer feel better ($1.25 million). The coffee enemas did not help. The massage did.

NCCAM has also invested in studies of various forms of energy healing, including one based on the ideas of a self-described "healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman" who says her children inspired her to learn to read auras. The cost for that was $104,000.

A small, little-known branch of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM was launched a dozen years ago to study alternative treatments used by the public but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Since its birth, the center has spent $1.4 billion, most of it on research.

Facebook Pictures And Drinking

Well, well. Brits Drunk In 76% Of Facebook Pics. Pikers. I'm sure the Moron Herd has that beat. OK, maybe not on Facebook, but probably more than 76% that post on the ONT have a drink at the ready! Bonus material: Christina Hendricks Promotes Christmas Whiskey At Photoshoot.

Deforestation Run Amok

Truly a troubling development. The New Full Frontal: Has Pubic Hair In America Gone Extinct? Thanks a whole lot Sex And The City.

Of course, with it being the Year of the Protester, one group Time magazine didn't mention was this one. They call themselves The Muffia. They hate designer vajayjays. What's up with the armpit hair though?

Of course, all this talk has me thinking of a certain Seinfeld episode.

The Battle Of The Bulge

On this day in 1944, Hitler began a counterattack that became known as The Battle Of The Bulge. This battle would become one of the bloodiest engagements in American history with over 80,000 killed, maimed or captured.

It came as a total surprise when, on December 16, 1944, 30 German divisions -- a quarter of a million men strong -- roared across an 85-mile Allied front, from southern Belgium to the middle of Luxembourg. Secretly planned down to the detail by Hitler himself, the invasion was designed to split the American-British alliance, setting them to quarreling and permitting the Führer to negotiate a peace. The losses on the first day were massive; in some places, the Allies were outnumbered ten to one.

By Christmas, the German offensive had opened a bulge some 50 miles into the Allied lines, forcing the biggest mass surrender of American soldiers since Bataan -- some 4,000 men in a single day.

Some Rare, Unseen Photos From The Battle Of The Bulge.

Alright, I'll close out this ONT with a little AC/DC. Mixed with some Star Wars. Supposedly this won first place in some geek contest or something.

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Moar Behind The Scenes Images Of Various Movies.

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