The Week: Jan. 6, 2012

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Jan 6, 2012

It’s January 6th – the epiphany. According to folklore, La Befana visited all the little children in Italy last night, bringing toys and candy to the good ones, and lumps of coal to the bad ones. (Yeah, I know. We get a kindly fat man dressed in red, and Italian kids literally get an old hag. On the plus side, they get to live in Italy, so don’t feel too sorry for them). While I search my home for some lumps of black carbon (surely she wouldn’t forget Italian Americans, right?), you enjoy these links.


What’s that? YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SPEAK UP! (Also, I’m beginning to think that my secret crush on Neil deGrasse Tyson is not-so-secret anymore.)


This gif of French comedian Remi Gaillard crashing a body-building tournament had me in stitches. For more of his not-so-subtle and occasionally reckless (and often litigious) antics, check this out.


A stunning article in the New York Times about how yoga can wreck your body (if you want to keep doing it, just be mindful of your body and try to avoid inversions and shoulder-stands. Me? I’ll be eating and cupcake and hopping on an elliptical).


Fact: Han Solo could teach us all a little something about religious tolerance.


My friend Chrissy sent me this video of Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride” (in regards to yesterday’s Dick Move post). Between the green leotards with mirrored polka dots, the silver pants, and the bunny-hop inspired dancing, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything grander.


I cannot stop laughing at this hilarious ode to Seattle: My Hometown is Better Than Yours


I’m pretty sure I’ve featured Mike Stimpson’s work on my round-up before, but that’s not going to stop me from mentioning it again. In particular, his photos featuring Lego Star Wars characters are amazing.


So much silver-haired wonderfulness: Steve Martin pretends that he has to leave due to other obligations on an episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (via @unicornrockstar)


A recent ad for Target featured a little boy with Down Syndrome. A young father (whose son also has Down Syndrome) explains how the company spoke volumes by not saying anything at all. (Note: The site, Noah’s Dad, is also fast becoming the go-to resource for parents who are looking for more information about raising a child with Down Syndrome. It’s amazing and inspiring. Expect to lose a good chunk of your afternoon on it.)


This clip of Neil Patrick Harris on The Price is Right put a ginormous smile on my face. Watch it – as though you need one more reason to love Doogie.


That’s it for me this week! I’m off to do laundry. Or eat cookies. Whichever’s easier.

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  • Melanie

    The “Break My Stride” video has long been my Rickroll. That and “She’s Like The Wind” I used to constantly send to friends, telling them of a great new band I’d heard that they had to check out. I so love that video. The only one I love more is “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters.

  • You DO watch How I Met Your Mother, right? (Just still stuck on the nod to NPH as Doogie and not Barney Stinson, ha.) If not, then Geraldine, I’m going to insist you put your life on hold for a month and watch the first seven seasons.

  • Also, I think my very favorite HIMYM episode is actually the one where NPH decides Bob Barker is his real dad and goes on The Price is Right!

    • Bryan

      Camels & Chocolate? I am going to Morocco at the end of March — hosted by a wonderful friend.

      Can I really eat chocolate and ride on a camel’s back at the same time? Just a funny — or maybe missed the mark. But for real, I am going and will share the experiences.

      Love your writings Camel & Chocolate along with the others that also contribute to this wonderful site.

  • Thanks so much for the link to Noah’s Dad! My eldest brother-in-law was born with Down’s 60 years ago (my mother-in-law’s firstborn) and my young mother-in-law was advised by her doctor to stick him in an institution and forget about him. She brought him home and raised him instead. One gutsy lady. At one point, when his younger brothers were in college or high school, he was the only kid in the family with a job.

    It’s so good to see Target not only including differently abled people, but doing it naturally and unobtrusively, without drawing attention to How Wonderful We Are in the process.

    • Everywhereist

      Dang, your mother-in-law has, as we call in my house, chutzpah. 🙂

  • A

    Thanks for sharing “My Hometown is Better Than Yours”. I went to college with Mike (the blogger), and he gave people a difficult time for hailing from the “east side” (of I-5) even then.

    • Everywhereist

      I kind of want to be BFFs with him.

  • Thank you very much for mentioning our site! I really appreciate the kind words. We are very excited about the media attention our site has gotten, and hope this opens the eyes of the world to kids like our son. 🙂

    Thank you again very much for the kind words!

  • Jay

    Watch HIMYM if you loved Neil Patrick Harris….trust me he’s soo funny!! also have a look at this you will like it: love the blog!

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