Ten Fun Christmas Songs

Are you tired of the same old Christmas songs on the radio?

I’ve got you covered!

Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton

This song is a cry for help Christmas letter from a family that is being held against their will protected by evil robots giant metal Santa Claus’.

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The Acid Zombie

I decided to make a mixed drink for this month’s geeky recipe, and it is naturally Halloween themed.

It is a slight variation on a mojito, with extra lime and mint leaves, topped with a frozen “brain” containing water and blackcurrant juice.

 

For a single glass, you’ll need to mix:

4 centilitres of lime juice

6 centilitres of soda water

7 centilitres of white rum

1 whole pot of chopped up mint leaves

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Norwegian Russ Celebration

The Russ Celebration in Norway is in many ways like the American Spring Break, with many partaking in an excess of sex, alcohol and silliness.

It is a weeks long graduation celebration by Norwegian upper secondary schoolers, taking place in May of every year.

The pupils who partake in this celebration are called “russ”. They traditionally wear overalls and hats color-coded to their particular study path, although few still wear the hat.

From most to least common; there are Redruss (general studies), Blueruss (economy and administration), Blackruss (vocational courses) and Greenruss (agricultural courses).

Some other groups have also joined in, with kindergartener wearing pink, lower secondary school students wearing orange, and Christian russ wearing white.

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The Russ Celebration is an old tradition.

There has been some form of russ celebration as far back as the 1700s, and it seems to have started in Danmark, as there were no universities in Norway at the time.

The celebration we now see in Norway started in 1905. The red caps were inspired by the hats worn by German students who had visited Norway the year before.

The tradition slowly and naturally evolved from those starting points.

I could have joined in as a Blackruss at the end of my two years at culinary school, but I decided that it would be smarter to take some supplementary education with a year of general studies, before my two years as a chef’s apprentice.

That gap between the culinary school and my apprenticeship ended up being far longer than I had anticipated, as I spent a year in the military, and then a year of decompression and InterRail travel as a result of that year in the military.

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So in May 2009, after a year of general studies, I was ready to be a Redruss!

Along with my overalls, I had all the other essentials…

I had a russehat, and a russecat..

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