A group of guys are sitting around manning phones, answering questions about how to fix Christmas light bulbs. I received this picture via email from a company that was trying to get me to promote their 24-7 Christmas Light Bulb hotline. (Much like the Thanksgiving Butterball hotline.)
The reason this riduculous image made me laugh is that, only a group of guys that look like this would actually be sitting around answering phoned-in questions about light bulbs. That's some old school tech support. Makes me think of the SNL sketch about Chicago Bears fans. Oh yah der...you can fix dem Light Bulbs now. Ditka.
I suppose since I made fun of thier picture I could give you thier hotline...but use it only in case of a Christmas Lightbulb emergency. (In case you decide to go Clark Grizwold this year.
There's those weird meat flavored sodas. There was even a Kevin Bacon Bacon Sculpture. Now forr the food/bacon junkie in your life, the bacon-centric business J&D Foods has made Siracha flavored lip balm and bacon flavored shaving cream.
The shaving cream should make you a perfect tasty treat for any bear.
It's back. That's annual list of how much each item in "The 12 Days Of Christmas" would cost. Who knew those swans would hold their value from year to year. You'd think you could just catch some in the wild and save the money.
Every year, the people at PNC Wealth Management calculate their "Christmas Price Index" . . . which looks at all of the items in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas" and figures out how much it would cost to buy all of them.
This year, if you wanted to buy everything from the song once, it would cost you $25,431.18. That's up 4.8% from last year. But if you think about it, the song doesn't call for you to just buy everything once. Every day you're supposed to buy that day's gift, like five gold rings or eight maids-a-milking, AND all of the stuff from the previous days.
Like, on the third day, you don't just buy three French hens. You ALSO have to buy two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree. To follow the song to the letter like that, it would cost you $107,300.24. That's up 6.1% from last year.
The biggest price jump this year is the six geese-a-laying. Six geese jumped 29.6%, from $162 in 2011 to $210 this year. Five gold rings had the next-largest jump. A pear tree had the third-biggest.
Here's the full breakdown . . .
--A partridge in a pear tree. The partridge is $15, the pear tree is $189.99.
--Two turtle doves. They cost $125, or $62.50 per dove.
--Three French hens. These are $165, or $55 per hen.
--Four calling birds. The price is the same as last year, $519.96, or $129.99 each.
--Five gold rings. These are now $750, or $150 per ring.
--Six geese-a-laying. These are $210, or $35 per goose.
--Seven swans-a-swimming. This is the most expensive item on the list, at $7,000, or $1,000 per swan.
--Eight maids-a-milking. They'll cost $58 . . . in other words, each one gets one hour of minimum wage, $7.25.
--Nine ladies dancing. Getting nine dancers costs $6,294.03, or just under $700 per person.
--Ten lords-a-leaping. That's $4,766.70, or $476.67 each. Although I bet if you shop around you can find 10 guys to jump around for cheaper.
--Eleven pipers piping. They cost $2,562, or $232.90 each.
--Twelve drummers drumming. They cost $2,775.50, or $231.30 each.
Baby, it's cold outside! Warm up your family tonight with this hearty soup.
1 pound lean ground beef
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups water
2 cups tomato juice (reduced-sodium)
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 tsp beef bouillon granules (reduced-sodium)
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cans (16 oz each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chopped cabbage
In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, bouillon, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in kidney beans; return to a boil. Stir in cabbage. Reduce heat; cover and cook 12 minutes or until cabbage is tender.