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Opening Arguments

Santa baby

The New York Times has a ponderous piece on when it might be best to "come clean" with children about Santa, if, ahem, you know what I mean. Here is but one sentence from professor of psychology:

The change in children's conceptualization of Santa is driven in part by cognitive development.

I love it when they talk dirty like that.

Some people, it must be noted, test their belief in Santa far longer than most of us did:

Police arrested a 19-year-old Carmel woman on charges that she yanked the beard from a man portraying Santa Claus outside Conseco Fieldhouse before an Indiana Pacers game.

Officers followed the woman inside the arena and found she had a bottle of vodka hidden under her shirt. She and two others with her were also arrested on charges of public intoxication and possession of alcohol by a minor.

She was, of course, testing the theory that Santa's beard has some kind of magical property that helps him do all the incredible things he does, the absence of which, like Sampson's hair, will cause a fatal weakness. For the benefit of littlejohn, I should point out that this is not in all the literature.

On the other hand, she may have been testing the theory that vodka at a basketball game doesn't count.


Bob G.
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 9:53am

They used to call it LIQUID COURAGE (or in this case, STUPIDITY) for a reason, didn't they?

(we preferred brandy AFTER a FLYERS game...while sitting in a freezing car, waiting for it to warm up)

AH...fleeting youth.

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 3:57pm

But wait! I am not as cynical as you think.
With enough vodka, any belief is possible.
I, for example, might even be able to sit through an entire basketball game. Well, probably not.
Merry Christmas, all.