’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day...
December 24, 2011 7:12 AM   Subscribe

’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day... A science writer's take on the famous Christmas poem.
posted by Jaybo (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's fun, but my favorite variation on the poem is this one. :-)
posted by Bindyree at 7:54 AM on December 24, 2011 [6 favorites]

From the linked site: "Edward Willett is the Isaac Asimov of the new millennium."

The snark writes itself!
posted by sneebler at 8:43 AM on December 24, 2011

A science writer's take on the famous Christmas poem...
or, unfettered didja knowing by a compulsive parentheticalist.

Bindyree, your link was much more like I was hoping:
His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his
submaxiallary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging
amiablity. The capillaries of his malar regions and nasal appurtenance
were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the
former approximating the coloration of Albion's floral emblem, the
latter that of the Prunus Avium, or sweet cherry. His amusing sub- and
supralabials resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their
ambient hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and
columnar crystals of frozen water.

Written by Stephen Mack, I presume?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:47 AM on December 24, 2011

I have no idea who wrote the one I linked to. I've been seeing it in print for over thirty years, though, via various Mensa publications that my mom and brother received.

My husband and I try to read it out lout at least once every other year or so.
posted by Bindyree at 3:04 PM on December 24, 2011

There's a page of links to parodies here ... including An Ernest Hemingway Night Before Christmas.
posted by paduasoy at 2:55 AM on December 25, 2011

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