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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
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  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
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  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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    Hi just got my order from cat-5 dangles .com . I got two sets to try out they are cat-5 cables female on one end male on the other end they are used in the light o rama controllers to connect the caT-5 CABLE BETWEEN CONTROLLERS .the cables extend outside box so you can plug cables in without opening the door .should be great in the cold of winter they for sale on ebay check them out.

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    I think the biggest reason is that people always ask if there is a difference. We all have seen way too many posts about that very question. This way its defined. Its like the car commercials on TV - Pro stunt driver, don't try this at home"!

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    I just wrote to Monoprice asking if they could add this cable to their selection. Maybe if enough of us asked they would come up with their typically low price product. $20 a pair is a little pricey.


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    As Jeff pointed out:



    And that is $0.91 each, plus shipping.

    The coupler I linked to above is NOT Cat5 Shielded. While I have used these in the past, I have not used them, on LOR or RS-485. From everything I have read, they should work just fine.

    If you want Cat5 and are willing to spend the extra $1.50 each, get this.

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    what the heck is a cat-5 dangle???

    It is a short CAT5 cable, male to female. It is long enough so that when you plug the male end into the LOR controller, the female end will be outside the enclosure. Now you no longer have to open the enclosure to disconnect the cables.

    What I am trying to figure out is what so difficult about opening the enclosure?

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    And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

    Little boy blue and the man on the moon

    When you comin' home dad?

    I don't know when, but we'll have a good dangle then son

    You know we'll have a good dangle then

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    • 7 months later...

    Have we become so lazy that we need to spend our hard earned money on such a silly item? Its noyt like opening our control boxes is a hard thing to do and as for me once I hae them in place and set up I don't have a reason to open them will tear down .....

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