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Tuesday, December 01, 2021


Behold above, a common sight at this time of the year: A Christmas wreath. (Heck, behold it in its embiggened, Flickrized glory).

Look closely enough, and you’ll notice some unconventional wreath-borne elements in this holiday specimen. The garland, pinecones, and stray elf? Check. The artichokes and pomegranates? Not-so-check.

Artichokes? Pomegranates? Granted, they’re fakes, but still, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such oddball vegetation in a Christmas-themed ornament. What exactly do those two produce products have to do with this time of year?

I pondered it for (a short) while, and came up with this theory: This is a California-origined wreath. Only on the left coast would you find unconventional vegetable/fruit combos festooning your wintertime decor. The only thing missing from this Golden State ring of holly is an avocado or two.

What this West Coast expression of holiday cheer is doing here in New York is the bigger mystery. Hopefully, I won’t wake up Christmas morning with a stocking full of some weird artichoke-pomegranate puree…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/01/2021 11:43 PM
Category: Creative, Photography
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From the same state that saw a cessation of marriage-license granting due to same-sex union fears comes a movement to outlaw all Golden State divorces.

Relax. It’s decidedly tongue-in-cheek, albeit with serious undertones:

The 2010 California Marriage Protection Act is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that’s the case, then [organizer John] Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.

“Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more,” the 38-year-old married father of two said.

Makes just as much sense as does getting married in the first place.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/01/2021 08:43 AM
Category: Comedy, Politics, Society
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