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The Time Green Day Got in a Mud Fight With Fans

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In 1994, Green Day performed at Woodstock '94, a sequel concert almost as unnecessary as the movie Titanic II (which, by the way, actually exists). The band was booked on the South Stage, while the big headliners (including Spin Doctors, Allman Brothers, and Bob Dylan) were on the Main Stage. So the fans who came to see Green Day play were basically the young punks.

The field at the South Stage was a muddy mess, owing to rain and the general wear-and-tear of a festival that had been running for days. When Green Day came on, fans started throwing mud—and the band ate it up. They started a mud fight, flinging mud back into the crowd, swearing at them, cramming mud in their mouths, and generally having a good time—until fans swarmed the stage and a security guard smashed Mike Dirnt's teeth in. (He had to have emergency dental surgery after the show.)

Many fans look back at Woodstock '94 fondly, calling it "Mudstock '94" largely because of this incident. (Primus also got some mud during their song "My Name is Mud," though they weren't nearly as cool with it.) The concert was also a serious turning point in Green Day's career, as their album Dookie went from #19 on the charts before the show to #4 soon after. Here's one video ("When I Come Around") from the set, as the mud fight is just getting started. Stay tuned at least until Billie Joe Armstrong's guitar gets nailed by mud, but he continues playing (quite nicely) anyway.

And here's the full 35-minute set. It gets messy. Jump to 23:30 to see stuff getting well out of hand. By 29:30 Dirnt is lying in a pile of mud, but still playing. (He wasn't injured until later.)

Incidentally, Green Day turns 30 this year.

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?
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Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas ... But when is the first day of Christmas?

You'd think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that's how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6th, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26th.)

As for the ubiquitous song, it is said to be French in origin and was first printed in England in 1780. Rumors spread that it was a coded guide for Catholics who had to study their faith in secret in 16th-century England when Catholicism was against the law. According to the Christian Resource Institute, the legend is that "The 'true love' mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The 'me' who receives the presents refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the 'days' represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn."

In debunking that story, Snopes excerpted a 1998 email that lists what each object in the song supposedly symbolizes:

2 Turtle Doves = the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

There is pretty much no historical evidence pointing to the song's secret history, although the arguments for the legend are compelling. In all likelihood, the song's "code" was invented retroactively.

Hidden meaning or not, one thing is definitely certain: You have "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stuck in your head right now.

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