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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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  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • 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.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • 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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  1. If i have said it once i have said it 1000 times we have paid our dues...records,8 track,cassete,cd,mp3 downloads and what ever else im missing. They are greedy plain and simple. They just like to make everybody else unhappy b/c they are not happy.......If anyone should be complaining its us maybe we should sue them for making us buy the same song 15 TIMES! over the years. And do you think one minute its cheap to buy rights? I have heard some things in the past and it was uncanny amounts!
  2. Wait your telling me someone is pissing our tax dollars away worried about this? Hmm i wonder why we are so deep in debt. We have homeless people,violet crimes,biz going under and people losing everything but one damn video being seen 10 plus times is the problem? Maybe they should be more worried about all the people that had to deal with tornados this year...OR maybe we should stop paying taxes and see how long those rich fat cats can live on pork and beans down by the river or just flat out stop voting for these tards! Yeah this gets under my skin....
  3. Theres another one with subject line federal reserve board. I just got today. Its a scam. Dodge it like a bullet! I believe this one came out in march so....DO NOT CLICK! Dont get worried and think its irs or something like that just ignore.....Its either phishing or embedded code maybe both.
  4. Theres clear coats out there that dont yellow and its all about the brand you buy you get what ya pay for. Like i wouldnt put trust in dollar store brand not to turn yellow. Check the can it should say something like non yellowing or something like that. I have heard and dunno if any truth to it or not but sometimes the clear reacts with some paints and turns yellow but ya know....Maybe something like a car clear coat? I havent seen white cars turn yellow. Remember you get what ya pay for. I would do a test too get some of the same wood if you have a scrap from that sheet would be even more ideal b/c you wont have any varibles and paint test colors same way you did cutout with same stock of paint and clear them and see. Do things overtime turn yellow and get old sure thats the price we pay for being outside. Just read the can should say something about non yellowing.
  5. Half way up the wall is a waste thats like 4 ft. If you want overkill then go for it i dont think it would hurt anything but i am doing 12 inches and i think most only do 3 inches but if you think 4 ft is wise do it dont want to have to redo thats for sure and do a water test for leaks before you cut the drain. I know that kerdi stuff needs to go all over and be overlapped by 3 inches. I think i might go the kerdi route though i have my worries about it never used before but im willing to give it a shot. It looks good and easy enough and match that with that markeindustry items i dont think you can go wrong
  6. Perfect! 30 bucks i see so far b/c all i need is quick pitch and not a kit. Thats exactly what i need. Not to knock the kits or anything b/c i bet they are time savers and if your knocking out houses one after another then it would be great but....I have a few hours so it will work great. Thanks for your time everyone Mike
  7. THATS CRAZY PRICED! Thats not gonna happen at that price. Im thinking thinset pad and cement board be a cheaper option but is it the right option? Im not spending 400-600 bucks for syrofoam thats NUTS! Have second suggestion?
  8. almost done with the kitchen and thinking about bathrooms. Now i know what tile i want to use and toliets,sinks,fixtures etc...But i wanna rip out the old fiberglass tubs and build a frame a cement board and tile the stall. I have no problem with tile i actually pretty great at it not to toot my own horn or anything but my issuse is the floor of the stall. I know you need a pitch so the water will drain right but has anybody done this lately and have any advice of what not to do? Id like to have glass door also and lighting over shower but whats the safest way to do that also? Ya know just a couple things im kinda worried about. Any advice at all would be great! Edit: oh and what do you think is the best way to get the fiberglass tub out that one been bugging me. Its hardly been used and i like to get out in one piece i could give away to place that recycles things from old houses i cant remember name now its late and its been rough day! lol Scrap yard what ever....Brain just aint working right now.... OH ONE MORE THING! At the other house we had a stall but there was some kind of heat light thing and it was nice! I dunno if thats safe or not but you sure didnt freeze when the hot water was off and drying off in winter. Anybody know what im talking about? Sure would like one of those here might of been a heater i thought it came from bulb though.... Mike
  9. Ok i do this all the time find a string that has same base for the bulbs pull enough bulbs out of good string to have half of it go out and check each bulb. Time consuming yes is it cheap yes can you go through whole string and find out its a short yes. Thats what i do though. Ever tried to change the bulb from the base for 10 strings you want time consuming "I want red white and blue strings" ....If the string is not that important id say buy another one b/c your fingers nails will break off! and your mind will want to fart out on ya. But best of luck some people use those fancy machines but i aint rich so i do it old school or you could just shake the string a bit and i KNOW we have all done this. "WHIP IT!" Ok ok its on now lol Good luck bud!
  10. Sorry ryantn about hijacking your thread. Tremor you sure you can put 15 amps per plugin so total of 30 per outlet? That would make things so much easier for me if i could. I thought the outlet that says 15 is 15 total. Why dont they just say 15 per plugin for people like me? Thats why im so confused and cant learn something or get misinformed is b/c theres never any directions! They think i still cant read or something...Im not 5 anymore ....Granted i know just about enough to kill myself and if i have to ask i shouldnt be doing it but whats the fun in that? One thing i dont understand though is theres two hots but one neutral wire just dont break tab on neutral side?
  11. The only reason i brought that up was on dbl breakers that say dble 40 are 20 per leg(thats what i was told anyway maybe im wrong) not 40 per leg so wire is rated different then breakers?
  12. 30 amp per conductor? I thought when they rate wire the amp number is total for that jacketed wire not per conductor. Am i missing something here? I dunno anything about rv cable but..........Sounds odd to me. So your saying 1 wire out of a one jacket rv cable that is 10 ga can handle 30 amps total? Hey im no expert im just asking here.
  13. Anybody have access to cnc to cut plexi? Im working on a prototype that i sure could use help on. More testing has to be done as of now but Whats the going rate per hour? Its not very big or complicated just needs to be precise b/c of binding with linkage arms. Mike
  14. If you were talking about anatomical skull controlled with servos im your guy and do it for free but that does look complicated but i like to take a stab at it if ya want me to...I need a break from all the crap i have been putting up with lately and i enjoy halloween and do it up ever year...its just well bunch of gore instead of this kind of stuff but Tell me what your songs are and i will try and tackle it if ya want me too. I dont charge either so....Hope i can help some send pm or what not.
  15. So how much total? I dunno how much a lot is ????
  16. Anybody else getting more and more annoyed with windows 7? I class it with win98 the biggest piece of garbage that existed! I have had more problems with this then windowsXP. There was nothing wrong with xp i never had any problems with it at all! Now windows7 uhhhh if i have to restart one more time and another hiccup and it hangs i going back. Anybody else having issuses? No i dont have virus or spyware or malware or trojans. Maybe its some kind of conflict or something but i just dont see why everybody was talking all this hype. The only thing i see good about it is when you hit window button and tab and scroll through windows. Then when you minimize a few windows like your browser then you go to reopen and then you have to click on b/c you mouse over then it pops back down....Its annoying. Maybe theres a setting somewhere but still. I try to bookmarks pages sometimes and it wont even do that. They say this is stable? I havent seen anything that is remotely close to being stable. AND i have had more issues with my network then EVER! I make calls and its on my end and it doesnt make sense. Windows xp i never had any issuse and i used for years. I dont get it whats the deal here am i the only one? Seems like too many bells and whistles and lost the point of "stable"
  17. One more thing i dunno what you paid for the wiper motor i hope you got for about 20 bucks tops. The ones that come out of a saturn can be had for a lil over 20 bucks and theres a site with all the wiring and everything. I didnt know if you knew or not but its the one people use mostly for props and such its cheap and easy wirng compared to flying blind like i did my first time. Neons motors are bizzare and expensive...i got mine free thank god but retail was running about 200 plus. http://www.scary-terry.com/wipmtr/wipmtr.htm Last time i checked its was about 20 some odd bucks but that was few years ago and well...prices go up. Hope some of that will help ya get everything up and running. EDIT on page two talks about speed control kits etc...might be what ya after
  18. How about for the stuffed animals use servos. Lynxmotion.com has a ssc32 servo controller board and servocity.com has everything plus some that you would need. Plus you can control the servo back and forth might make it easier when it comes to keeping the linkage from binding. I have ordered from them before and they are great people to do biz with. To control the servos use brookshire software. The board isnt stand alone though lynx has the walwarts and everything you would need. The board might need a adapter i dunno what comp you have but i have no serial ports so they have a adapter though kinda pricey. I just thought i throw those ideas out there. If you do go that route its easy enough i mean if i can do it how hard can it be?
  19. So your just trying to slow it down right? I use wiper motors for years now with halloween props and i just keep it very simple. Get a walwart with lower ratings. When i tried the ghost rocking chair that thing was jumping all over the place and fast! so i grabbed one that was weaker and it slowed it down to right where i wanted it and if your anything like me you have a ton of walwarts all over the place you just cant bring yourself to throw away lol I think i used a dimmer switch once also its just been so many years i dont remember on the dimmer swtich. Can i ask what your animating? Is is heavy? I was going to say old drill motors are perfect if you can get your linkage correct you can use a 120vac dimmer and they are pretty powerful so movement i would think wouldnt be a problem. The old drill i use has adjustable knob so dimmer i wouldnt need but i just zip tied the trigger down and bingo! Wiper motors are nice for light weight items but if your trying to really move something a bit drill better bet...and easier. Sounds complicated what ya doing i only understand slow down wiper motor other then that i wish i was more help.
  20. For the mini light stakes is that each or per hundred? or how ever many? I need a wad of them this year. NEED TO KNOW Sorry that display going down too...It is sad...
  21. The funny part to all this is Bill was the one that gave me that advice Sorry bill didnt mean to put ya on the spot
  22. How about a wire stripper go the next guage or two up and strip some of the insualtion off like the top skin of it.
  23. Just exactly like what knute said. Last night i was using tapper wizard fell asleep laying down on couch seq. with laptop on chest woke up few hours later and there i was finger still on mouse and all. I was startled at first and said WHAT!?? well i said a few more words but we leave that alone lol. Anytime you can and your are focused and theres nothing on tv is a GREAT TIME! Its a bunch of work but i wouldnt have a stroke over it or anything few minutes at a time. A wise man told me once its better to have a few songs perfect then 15 songs that look like crap so...so less is more
  24. Talking about leds right? Watch your voltage i have had more trouble then its worth at hween with leds. When there going great there great but when they fart out its dissapointing... I dont trust a led at all! My two cents there are still hit or miss regardless of how "great" and somone has perfected them your still going to have troubles. And welcome to the forum! Im no electronics wizard so i will let someone else tell ya the low down but like i said i rather eat glass then use leds.
  25. Heres how i would do it i would call lor find out what the voltage comming out of ethernet cable and try and find a remote relay borad that fits the needs. I know its not what ya want to do but its a easier option MAYBE. Let me know what they say though i wouldnt mind a remote myself I wouldnt have to leave the couch CLICK! well until batteries went dead....Theres always a bottle neck...
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