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Merry Christmas Metafilter!
posted by Artw at 8:11 AM on December 25, 2012


I can see my house from here. Merry Christmas, all.
posted by Kinbote at 8:18 AM on December 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Some of you are round the back, but I think they got everybody.
posted by Artw at 8:19 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know what's always bothered me? How come Santa is an Earth thing? In this Universe, there are billions and billions of stars, some of which support planetary orbits that in turn support intelligent life-forms. So how come Santa doesn't deliver presents to the little alien children on those planets?

Why can't Santa take his magical flying reindeer all over the Universe, delivering presents to the good children of distant Nebulae?

There's no rational physical reason.

That's how I know that we here on Earth have been nice, and the rest of the children in the Universe have been naughty.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:27 AM on December 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Santa actually gets shit from the Claus Corps all the time for paying too mich attention to Earth and neglecting the rest of his sector. But he did get rid of Krampullax, so they cut him a lot of slack.
posted by griphus at 8:31 AM on December 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


The view never gets old. Such a troubled little planet we have.
posted by spitbull at 8:31 AM on December 25, 2012


Why don't they take one at night, so we can see all the Christmas lights?
posted by orme at 8:38 AM on December 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Lots of planets have a North Pole.
posted by Artw at 8:45 AM on December 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


This visualization shows a hemisphere's worth of weather on Christmas morning as seen by the GOES East satellite. The weather data is overlaid on a "Blue Planet" image of the Americas.

No Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.
posted by notyou at 8:51 AM on December 25, 2012


Santa would have to live at the North Pole of the universe. Planets would have have reindeer-compatible atmospheres. Chimneys. Etc.
posted by DU at 8:52 AM on December 25, 2012


Lots of planets have a North Pole.

Yeah, but they don't have rum-infused egg nog. Santa ain't gonna get toasted on Jupiter.
posted by Turkey Glue at 8:53 AM on December 25, 2012


The view never gets old.

Nope.
Kinda makes you want to break into song.
posted by radwolf76 at 8:54 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Earth has one thing other planets don't have: Amanita muscaria.
posted by cmoj at 8:55 AM on December 25, 2012


Kinda makes you want to break into song yt .

Now I'm gonna have that stuck in my head all day.

I'm okay with that.
posted by rtha at 9:33 AM on December 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Very nice--Ireland a bit obscured but what would it be without a little/lot/total cloud cover--I do see our driveway in the States--glad to see it has been (snow) plowed. Actually, a beautiful day in SW Ireland. Thanks for all the comments and posts through the year. Happy Christmas
posted by rmhsinc at 9:42 AM on December 25, 2012


Can you see me waving?
posted by indubitable at 9:45 AM on December 25, 2012


Kinda makes you want to break into song yt .

Or this song.

It's a great big universe
And we're all really puny
We're just tiny little specks
About the size of Mickey Rooney.
It's big and black and inky
And we are small and dinky
It's a big universe and we're not.

posted by RonButNotStupid at 9:48 AM on December 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


"You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon*, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, "Look at that, you son of a bitch."

— Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974.



*Yes I know not shot from the moon, but seems apropos.....
posted by lalochezia at 10:57 AM on December 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


Merry Christmas everyone! It's lunchtime here and everyone else is asleep. Just the quiet family Christmas I was after, hope you are all getting what you wanted too.
posted by arcticseal at 11:49 AM on December 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Look at that, you son of a bitch."

— Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974.


There's a wonderful bit of lunacy where Edgar Mitchell appears on Fox & Friends to discuss the fact that aliens really do exist.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:05 PM on December 25, 2012


I love that the earth is represented in a sort of Ecuador / Columbia / Venezuela / Brazil centric point of view.
posted by Nick Verstayne at 3:32 PM on December 25, 2012


See also Christmas Eve 1968... good night, good luck, a merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good earth.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:57 PM on December 25, 2012


The earth'’s a Big Blue Marble when you see it from out there.
The sun and moon declare our beauty'’s very rare.

Folks are folks and kids are kids we share a common name.
We speak a different way but work and play the same.

We sing pretty much alike, enjoy Spring pretty much alike;
Peace and love we all understand and laughter, we use the very same brand.

Our differences, our problems from out there there'’s not much trace
Our friendships they can place while looking at the face of the Big Blue Marble in space.



70's-era theme song from a children's show—brings a tear to my eye every time.

(I am a total sap.)
posted by she's not there at 6:39 PM on December 25, 2012


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