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A Single Chinese Town Makes Most Of The World's Christmas Decorations

At this point in time, you’ve already hung your tinsel and decorated your tree with blinking lights. Maybe there’s even a glowing Santa statue on your lawn. But did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer. An entire town of factories specializing in Christmas cheer is the correct answer.


The World's Greatest Christmas Card Has An Amazing Animated Finale

Sometimes a simple card with a heartfelt message can have more impact than an expensive gift. But London’s Birdbox Studio’s holiday card isn’t simple. It’s actually one of the most impressive and complex pop-up cards you’ve ever seen.


Happy Hour: How To Drink All Night At The Christmas Party And Not Be That Guy

Listen, drinking all night is not healthy. But it’s holiday party season, that perfect storm of open bar and all of your colleagues waiting to see who will be this year’s obnoxious, puking, passed out and/or dead person at the party. Don’t be that guy.


The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Use A Little Pixel Magic

Last year, our pal (and former NASA JPL engineer) Mark Rober whipped up the first digital ugly Christmas sweater. Technology being technology, they just got an upgrade.


El Día De Los Muertos And Other Fun Animations About Mexico Holidays

Here is a beautiful animation series by Filios. Called Loterias, the five short spots focus on holidays in Mexico like the Day of the Dead and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. They’re fun to watch because of the unique style of the animation and quick and cute stories.


20 Fun Facts About The Way We Drink, As Told By A Breathalyzer

Do you remember that handy little breathalyzer we reviewed last year that synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth? The BACtrack Mobile, as it’s called, turns out to not just be a means of trying to outdo (or under-do) your friends’ drunkenness, but it’s also been gathering a whole lot of anonymous US-centric data over the last year, the fruits of which have just been released unto us.


Inside The Design Of The New Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

The bright ball that hovers over Times Square on New Year’s Eve is special this year. Sure, it’s iconic and colourful and mesmerising as it always is. This year, however, the ball will captivate us all with a brand new crystal coating. And, boy, is it pretty.


Who Needs Christmas Lights When You Have Glowing Mammalian Cells?

Who needs Christmas lights when you have glowing mammalian cells? This wreath, assembled from cells with proteins and structured stained different colours, was made by Dr. Donna Beer Stolz at the University of Pittsburgh. It won 19th place in the 2011 Nikon Photomicrography Competition — but top honours for holiday cheer. [Nikon]


Hubble Captures Christmas Tree Topper 200 Times Larger Than The Sun

I wish I could put the southern hemisphere superstar RS Puppis on top of my tree — if it weren’t 10 times more massive, 200 times larger, and 15,000 times brighter than the Sun. This “holiday wreath made of sparkling lights” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is amazingly beautiful.


The Scientific Formula For Perfect Eggnog

Have you ever felt like making boozy eggnog is a total crapshoot? Half the time you get a smooth and delicious cocktail, and half the time it’s a lumpy, curdled mess. What gives?


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