The tMP Advent Calendar

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by dyl, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 1st

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  2. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    December 2nd

    So what does the 2nd window on tMP’s Advent calendar reveal?

    A wintry snowball fight game!!!


    Click on the image to play…

    How to play:

    • You control the red team.
    • Left click and drag to move a player
    • Hold left mouse button for throwing power – release to throw.
    • It normally takes two or three hits to knock a player out.
    • HINT: If one of your players is dazed, you can still move another one!!
    Happy snowballing!!

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  3. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 3rd

    Some really cheesy and bad kids' Christmas jokes for you to 'enjoy' today! Apologies in advance ..... I am wearing my coat, and am about to leave the room ..... ;)

    What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus? Crisp Cringle!

    Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? Santa Jaws!

    A little boy asked Santa what he did in the off-season. Santa replied,"Well, I do have three gardens." The little boy asked Santa why he had three, and Santa chuckled and said,"So I can ho,ho,ho!"

    What do you call a man who claps at Christmas? Santapplause!

    What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve!

    Why are turkeys wiser than chickens? Have you ever heard of Kentucky Fried Turkey?

    What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitis!

    Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!


    Groan! :-?
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  4. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 4th

    Another cartoon today!

  5. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 5th

    A Christmassy 'fact' for you today!


    A very British tradition, nothing quite like it is found elsewhere in Europe or America. The word is made up of two Greek words, "panto" means all kinds and "mimos" is a type of silent acting which we still know today as mime. Originally it was an entertainment without words, in which actors - including men dressed as women, and women dresed as men - took part. These silent comedies were enjoyed particularly during the Roman Saturnalia festivities. The Roman tradition of mime was brought to Britain during the Roman occupation.

    It was during the Victorian age that pantomime as we know it became the most popular of all Christmas entertainment for children. Many of today's pantomimes are from very old stories. Babes in the Wood first appeared in
    England about 500 years ago. Puss in Boots and The Sleeping Beauty are over 450 years old. In 1717 The Arabian Nights stories were translated into English and some became pantomimes, including, Aladdin and His Magic Lantern, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Dick Whittington, Robinson Crusoe, and Robin Hood are all Victorian creations.
  6. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    December 6th

    It's a bit late today - sorry!!!

    Anyway, for your delight and amusement we have:

    Dancing Santa!!!

    Complete with 3 cheesy Christmas tunes and some classy "Dad Dancing!"
  7. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 7th

    A few more Christmassy 'facts' for your displeasure today!

    • Due to the time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts! This means that he would have to visit 832 homes each second!
    • The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's White Christmas.
    • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
    • Three years after Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb in 1879, Edward H. Johnson, who worked for Edison's company, had Christmas tree bulbs especially made for him. He proudly displayed his electric tree lights at his home on Fifth Avenue, New York City. They caused a sensation although some years were to pass before mass-manufactured Christmas tree lights were widely available.
    • In America in 1822, the postmaster of Washington, DC, complained that he had to add 16 mailmen at Christmas to deal with cards alone. He wanted the number of cards a person could send limited by law. "I don't know what we'll do if this keeps on." he wrote……………….
  8. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 8th

    It's another game for your enjoyment today! tMPers, we give you:

    Speedy Santa!


    Click on the image above to load the game. My best so far is 9.585!

  9. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    December 9th

    Some Christmas Carol facts today - first up, is a well known euphonium solo recently given the G4 treatment...

    Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)

    This carol was written by Adolphe Charles Adam (1803-1856), the French composer best known for his ballet "Giselle." At the time, it was frowned upon by church authorities who denounced it for lack of musical taste and "total absence of the spirit of religion." The French text is by Cappeau de Roquemaure; the English by American clergyman John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

    Next, is a favourite with even the most hard-bitten bander...

    Jingle Bells

    The words and music were written in 1857 by James Pierpont for a Thanksgiving program at his church in Boston. It was so well received that the children were asked to repeat it at Christmas. It has been a Christmas song ever since.
  10. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    December 10th

    Today....conclusive proof that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"

    Due to demand from certain tMP members (who shall remain anonymous, but live way "up north", and spell their surname without an "e" ;) ) we are giving you....

    Online Chocolates!!!!

    Click here to gorge yourself silly - and don't eat them all at once - you'll only make yourself sick!!!


    Thanks to Maestro for providing us with the link. Cheers.
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  11. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 11th

    Well, seeing as it's the weekend :rolleyes: we have another cartoon for you today!


    Only 14 days to go till the big day, children! ;)
  12. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 12th

    Apologies for the delay - the joys of carolling eh?!! ;) So, without further delay (and before the 12th is over for this year ;) here are some more Christmas Carol facts for you:

    The First Noel
    Sometimes given the English spelling, Nowell, it first appeared in print in England in a collection of William Sandys (1833). The words and music are traditional. Most think it is from 16th or 17th century France; others claim it never had any French origins and is very English.

    Deck The Halls
    The music is an old Welsh melody. Mozart used it in a piano and violin duet in the 1700's. The words are believed to be American from the 19th century.
  13. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 13th

    A bit earlier today! As there are only 12 days till Christmas we thought this would be relevant for today. (Some of our more eagle-eyed members may have noticed this being posted in 'Random....' the other day before we jumped on it 'cos it's be ideal for our Advent Calendar! ;) Many thanks to Janet Watkins for allowing us to steal her thunder on this one).

    The Twelve Days of Christmas - Illustrated

  14. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    December 14th

    Today....another game for your delight...

    Slingshot Santa :biggrin:

    My best so far 215.4....

    Many thanks to rutty for providing the link for us - nice one mate :tup
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  15. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 15th

    10 days to go! ;)

    Another weblink for you today, again provided by Janet Watkins - thanks Janet. tMPers - click the following link to be taken to your very own online snowglobe:
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2004
  16. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 16th

    We haven't had an image on here for a while, well, a few days at least! So here's today's:

    Who said turkeys were dumb?

  17. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 17th

    Been a bit busy today (something helped by the fact that our 'net connection has been down all day at work today ..... grrrrrr) - so, better late than never, here is today's offering - a great little link sent to us by Rutty from sunny Canada:

    How Christmas Works..........

    Thanks Rutty - and hope your holiday's going well! ;)
  18. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 18th

    Back to the cartoons for today!

    Snowman hold-up:

  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

  20. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    December 20th

    The big day's getting closer ..... but we still have some goodies for you!

    Today is a list of famous births & deaths for December 25th:

    Famous people born on Christmas Day

    Sir Isaac Newton - An English mathematician and physicist. Famous for his discoveries in gravitation, planetary motion, optics and the development of calculus.

    Humphrey Bogart - An American film actor who often played tough crooks or detectives. Best known films include The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942) and The African Queen (1952).

    Princess Alexandra - Daughter of the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece.

    Alice Cooper - A pop/rock music singer. (Real name Vincent Furnier.) His best selling record is School's Out, which headed the music charts in July, 1972.

    Famous people who died on Christmas Day

    W. C. Fields - An American film comedian. Best known for his cynical wit. He often played character of a heavy drinking, child hating, dog hating, confidence man. He was highly acclaimed as Mr. Micawber in the film David Copperfield (1935).

    Charlie Chaplin - An English, multi-talented film star. He is remembered for his 'little tramp' character in silent movies. He also wrote screenplays and directed and composed music for his films. Chaplin's best known films include
    The Gold Rush (1925), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).
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