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What is your favorite type of holiday decoration?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 10, 2012

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Photo of Taryn Miller

“A strong, festive costume. It gets everyone else in the spirit.”

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“I like Christmas trees, the artificial kind. My mom’s allergic to real trees.”

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“Christmas lights. People just do really creative stuff with them.”

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George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months ago

Christmas trees next to the curb after it's all finally over.

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hitme 1 year, 4 months ago

Terminal velocity (averaging 120 mph for skydivers) would not likely produce much of a bounce with any hard surface. Think of a watermelon hitting anything at that speed. The soft tissue of the human body tends to give way (it explodes) on impact. Terminal velocity varies depending on weight and wind resistance.. A head-down power dive for a 200 lb man might reach 180-200mph; a stable belly-to-earth descent of a 95 lb female (gender is not a factor) might be closer to 90mph.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, that Felix Baumgartner jerk hit 834mph but then he started slowing down. I don't get that at all. I was kind of hoping his chute wouldn't open. A quick timeline:

On 25 July 2012, Baumgartner completed the second of two planned test jumps from 96,640 feet (29,460 m).

Main jump on 14 October 2012 when Baumgartner landed in eastern New Mexico after jumping from a world record 39,045 metres (128,100 ft) or just over 39 kilometres (24 mi).

On 6 November 2012 Baumgartner was convicted of battery and was fined €1500 after punching a Greek truck driver in the face.[

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm pretty sure I would not bounce at all. But some of my molecules would splatter up to Bonner.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 4 months ago

3000 ft, 6 miles, 23 miles... all things being equal, the guy will decelerate to a point where he goes no slower, or accelerate to a point where he goes no faster and is going to hit the ground at the same speed, and bounce or splat the same amount.

There is a reason they call it terminal velocity.

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prospector 1 year, 4 months ago

Maybe Renaldo could fashion a net about the size of Tongie to jump into.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 4 months ago

Eddie, by reindeer is the only way to travel during the holidays. Santa never crashes. You won't need a parachute & clearing customs is a breeze.

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prospector 1 year, 4 months ago

African or European Swallows?

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months ago

At a 45 degree angle of flight, travelling at 600mph, how high could a commercial jet go before something bad happened.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months ago

The Karman line is too far. 23 miles from sea level, I guess. The stratosphere maybe. When I was in college a friend of mine and I were drinking a 12 pack and watching Faces of Death. This guy jumped out of a plane and his chute didn't open. He got about a 10-12 foot bounce out of it. I'm thinking if you fell from 23 miles you'd probably get one hell of a good bounce or you'd create a nice crater.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 4 months ago

Eddie, From 23 miles above the Karman line?

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Negotiator 1 year, 4 months ago

This year everyone in my family is going to be decorated with a Powered Air Purifying Respirator. That and batteries will be my main stocking stuffers. The N95 is now obsolete and ineffective.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 4 months ago

If you fell from 23 miles out in space and your chute didn't open, how high would you bounce? I think I would at least try to throw in a double with a full twist.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 4 months ago

When deer hunting out west last week we did see one extremely nice decoration: LED tube lighting in a deep blue color running along either side of a quarter mile long curved driveway which lead uphill to a nice ranch home. We could see it for miles. You can do cool stuff like that with LED lighting, which uses very little juice.

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

I do celebrate Saturnalia with gusto...eat, drink, give gifts...the whole smeer...very similar to your Christmas.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 4 months ago

Christmas? I'm just now getting out the Halloween stuff (I'm a charter member of Procrastinators International).

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My_Life 1 year, 4 months ago

We are going to celebrate the artificial Christmas a few days early this year. On the real Christmas we will be with Jesus.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

First time I drank eggnog was in '72. I was also an occasional user of Beechnut at the time. Both at the same time is a terrible, terrible thing to do. Terrible. Haven't tasted either one since.

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g_rock 1 year, 4 months ago

My favorite would the Xmas eve snack table laid out with egg nog, cookies, cheese log and various dips.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 4 months ago

"Must be a French thang."

They don't celebrate Christmas, but do have a 15 day celebration around the time of Jerry Lewis' birthday. An odd bunch those French.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 4 months ago

"Mistle toe hung over my yule log." Andini

I can't best that comment. Well played.

I like a well decorated tree. I like Christmas and decorations and music. Not so much the gifts. I see Autie isn't into it. Must be a French thang.

The wife knows how to fill a stocking.

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prospector 1 year, 4 months ago

I bring out the black curtains and flowers on Decoration Day.

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BABBOY 1 year, 4 months ago

I guess lights or maybe the tree. Or, lights on the tree.

I am not really into this question..

Moving on....

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RoeDapple 1 year, 4 months ago

Yep, the spirit . . . I gots it. I don't even hate the haters this time of year. At least not as much. Whatever.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 4 months ago

"Because so much of Christmas revolves around guilt and obligation."

You are doing it wrong.

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

Because so much of Christmas revolves around guilt and obligation...have to do this, have to buy that, but you know me a bottle of scotch and I'm in the spirit of things. In fact, they had a special toys for tots deal at walmart this weekend so when I was grocery shopping I slid over and bought a couple of kids coats/gloves/hats and put them in the collection box. So I really do have spirit...for those that deserve.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 4 months ago

Nice tree, misterlee! My favs include the beautifully wrapped presents that are placed underneath the Christmas trees. I'm especially attracted to the ones with my name on them.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 4 months ago

I like a good nautical theme much the same as anybody else.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 4 months ago

"My favorite ones are the ones just freshly taken down and put back in the box. Bah. Humbug." Autie

Why do you hate Christmas so much, Artie?

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Bill Lee 1 year, 4 months ago

Christmas trees. I decorate mine with sunflowers each year.

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grammaddy 1 year, 4 months ago

The lights!The more "Griswold" the better.

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autie 1 year, 4 months ago

My favorite ones are the ones just freshly taken down and put back in the box. Bah. Humbug.

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Gandalf 1 year, 4 months ago

I've always liked the leg lamp in A Christmas Story!

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Andini 1 year, 4 months ago

Mistle toe hung over my yule log.

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