A Half-Hearted Week in Review

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In case you've been away from our site and don't like scrolling, here is some of what you missed:

1. 6 Gangsters Who Earned Their Nicknames

A thug, is a thug, is a thug. But would a thug by any other moniker still be as dangerous? We're guessing "yes."

[Read the full story: 6 Gangsters Who Earned Their Nicknames]

2. The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas

In my mind, the Christmas season doesn't officially start until CBS shows A Charlie Brown Christmas. Who out there doesn't picture Snoopy dancing joyfully with his nose in the air whenever they hear the familiar strains of that jazzy piano music? Interestingly enough, this Christmas staple - the longest-running holiday special on TV - started out as an afterthought.

[Read the full story: The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas]

3. 10 Alternative Electronic Gifts (for those who can't find a Wii)

Nintendo knew three months ago there would be a Christmas shortage of the Wii game system. tybnm bWhat to do? Maybe this list will help, full of electronic gadgets and toys that may distract the giftee from the fact that he won't find his heart's desire under the tree this Christmas. Or at least baffle him for a while.

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4. 5 Famous Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

While there are more than five Christmas carols written by Jewish songwriters, I thought I'd just cover my favorites, starting with not only the most famous Christmas song written in modern times, but according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the best-selling single of all-time: "White Christmas."

[Read the full story: 5 Famous Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters]

5. Art of a Champion: The Ultimate Athlete Tattoo Quiz

Any fair-weather fan can plunk down a hundred bucks for a piece of fabric, but only the truly devoted would consider the permanent gesture of replicating a favorite player's tattoo on their own body.

[Take the quiz: Art of a Champion]

Later in the weekend, I'll be back with more of what you missed. Or, you know, you can just look down.

December 22, 2007 - 5:36am
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