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 Jingle Bells Christmas song started as a drinking song written by a ‘jerk’

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The truth about Jingle Bells – drag racing, drunk driving, a deadbeat dad and conspiracy theories

By Daybreak South, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:16 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014 7:41 AM PT

James Pierpont, the man credited with composing Jingle Bells in Medford, Mass.

James Pierpont, the man credited with composing Jingle Bells in Medford, Mass. (Wikipedia)

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Here’s the truth about Jingle Bells. It’s not a Christmas song — it’s a Thanksgiving song. It’s not a jolly family song — it’s a drinking song. It’s at the centre of a nasty dispute, and it was written by a ‘jerk’.

The real story of Jingle Bells starts on the banks of the Mystic River in New England, just upstream from Boston, in Medford, Mass.

If you walk along High Street, and stop at Rosetti Optical, you’ll find a plaque, which reads

Jingle Bells composed here.

On this site stood the Simpson Tavern, where in 1850, James Pierpont wrote the song Jingle Bells.

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A plaque marks the spot in Medford, Mass. where Jingle Bells was composed by James Pierpont. (Medford Historical Society)

Kyna Hamill, professor of literature at Boston University and vice-president of the Medford Historical Society, spoke to Daybreak South’s Chris Walker about the origins of Jingle Bells.

As you might expect, the story begins with a one-horse open sleigh.

“Medford is home to a series of sleigh races that used to occur on a street called Salem Street, and because of this event, which pretty much happened in the middle of the 19th century, these sleigh races — which you could pretty much call drag races  — down this street was one of the most popular events,” said Hamill.

“Because of that, the influence and inspiration of the song, we believe came from those races.”

Who was the author of Jingle Bells,  Jingle Bells Christmas song started as a drinking song written by a ‘jerk’? Jingle Bells Christmas song started as a drinking song written by a ‘jerk’

“He’s kind of a jerk, actually. He would leave all of the time. He went out west to try to make his way with the gold rush. He went all over the place and left his wife with his father,” said Hamill.

Then when his wife died, he quickly remarried and abandoned his kids.

“He didn’t come, apparently, to his first wife’s funeral. He’s sort of not a nice guy.”

Hamill said there’s more to the song itself. It was never a Christmas song.

“If you think about the fact that one of the great industries of Medford was rum-making, and if you really think about the lyrics of the song, with the lens that these are drag races that are happening at top speed down the centre of this street, one of the suggestions is that it’s actually a drinking song,” she said.

“Some of the words are actually associated with the idea that this is a song you sing while you’re drunk, talking about an event that happened while they were drunk.”

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Sleigh races held in Medford, Mass. in the mid-19th century – described as high speed drag racing – inspired the popular song, Jingle Bells. (Medford Historical Society)

‘People who love the history of Christmas will probably not like this answer’

Take a look at the lyrics in the second verse of Jingle Bells:

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

“If you want to go psychological about this, he’s a guy who was under the shadow of this very rigid father, who was totally against drinking, and was in the temperance movement, and was part of the abolitionist movement and took himself very seriously,” said Hamill.

“It’s kind of a song about a young guy breaking away from his father’s shadow.

“People who love the history of Christmas will probably not like this answer, but I think that there’s something about the relationship between the father and the son which kind of shows how he doesn’t want to be like his father in this song. He wants to have fun.”

So how did a drinking song by a deadbeat dad under the thumb of his strict father ever get to be the Christmas song of record?

“There’s people that have really strong conspiracy theories about this song. I really don’t know why people get so impassioned about this song,” Hamill said.

Those conspiracy theories originate in Savannah, Ga., where residents believe the people of Medford are stealing their song.

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A plaque in Savannah, Ga. marks the city’s claim to the popularity of the song. (Daniel X. O’Neil)

The theory stems from the fact that when Pierpont’s first wife died, he moved to Savannah, married the mayor’s daughter, and became pastor at the church.

During a Thanksgiving service, he led the congregation in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells. They loved it, and he performed it again a month later at Christmas.

Thus, Jingle Bells became a Christmas song — Savannah’s Christmas song.

One more thing about Jingle Bells.

Some 115 years after it was written in a pub in Medford, Jingle Bells became the first song ever broadcast to earth from space, during a Gemini mission in 1965.

To hear more about the secret history of Jingle Bells, click the audio labelled: Jingle Bells: drag racing, drunk driving, a deadbeat dad

HIWAY AMERICA – THE BANANA MUSEUM, Hwy 111 Mecca, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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HIWAY AMERICA – THE BANANA MUSEUM, Hwy 111 Mecca, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Southern California real estate agent Ken Bannister went bananas—literally—more than 40 years ago. What began as his marketing strategy of handing out banana stickers at conventions ripened into a full-blown persona as the “Banana Man.” He’s amassed nearly 20,000 artifacts now on display at the Banana Museum.

It’s just one of the odd collections found across America. Whether devoted to barbed wire or Bigfoot, most of these strange museums spring from the passionate hobbies of individuals like Bannister. And their labors of love are a reminder that what can be considered worthy to collect is as varied as the country itself.

Unlike major institutions displaying Picasso paintings, Egyptian sarcophagi, or Jeff Koons’s latest balloon animal, these strange museums are rarely crowded. You certainly won’t confuse New York’s MoMA with MOMA—the self-described “museum of meat awesomeness” devoted to SPAM in Austin, MN.

HIWAY AMERICA- WEIRD FLORIDA

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HIWAY AMERICA- WEIRD FLORIDA

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Dumb Laws in Florida

City Laws in Florida

Miami Beach
Skateboarding is not allowed at any police station.
Persons face up to thirty days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk.
Termite farms are not allowed within the city.
No one may bring a pig with them to the beach.
Naples
Neon signs are prohibited.
Palm Bay
Persons may not tow a sled behind their bicycles.
Pensacola
Citizens may not be caught downtown without at least 10 dollars on their person.
It is illegal to roll a barrel on any street, fines go up according to the contents of the barrel.
A women can be fined (only after death), for being electrocuted in a bath-tub because of using self-beautification utensils.
Sanford
Stage nudity is banned, with the exception of “bona fide” theatrical performances.
Sarasota
If you hit a pedestrian you are fined $78.
You may not catch crabs.
Satellite Beach
Beer may not be sold between 2 a.
Persons may not appear in public clothed in liquid latex.
Seaside
All houses much have white picket fences and full-width, two-story porches.
Tampa
Women may not expose their breasts while performing“topless dancing”.
Lap dances must be given at least six feet away from a patron.

Ah, Florida: sun, surf, sand, South Beach, and senior citizens. That’s about it, right? Well, no, not exactly. Florida is also one of the best places to chart your weirdest travel destinations. And who better to chronicle this state’s fabled places, roadside wonders, bizarre beasts, and downright peculiar people than Charlie Carlson, a tenth-generation Floridian. All who know Charlie can testify that he is one very strange dude – and the perfect person to steer you to Florida’s best-kept secrets and oddest legends. Below you will find links to some of the weirdest Florida stories, but remember, the tales on this website are only the tip of the iceberg. To get the full weirdness we recommend you buy Weird Florida the book…

ABANDONED:
Devil’s School #4
Forgotten Gateway
Nike Missle Base
Old Citrus Packing House
Osceola Bank Vault
Popash School
Sunland Hospital
Xanadu

ANCIENT MYSTERIES
Fountain of Youth Burial Ground
Miami Mystery Circle
New Smyrna Ruins
Okeechobee Burial Ground
Wakulla Volcano

BIZARRE BEASTS:
Bardin Booger
El Chupacabra
Skunk Ape

CEMETERY SAFARI:
Brownie Grave
Devil’s Chair
Elena Milagro Hoyos
Horse Grave
Jackie Gleason’s Grave
Key West Graves
Lynard Skynard VanZant
Middle of Road Grave
Phillip’s Mausoleum
Pyramids
Rooster Graveyard

FABLED PEOPLE AND PLACES:
Christmas, FL
Fountain of Youth
Garden of Eden
Gibsonton
Hollow Earth

GHOSTS:
Ashley’s Ghost
Cassandaga
Catalina’s Ghost
Huguenot Cemetery
Midnight in the Castillo
Old Firehouse
Robert the Living Doll
St. Francis Inn

LOCAL LEGENDS:
Devil’s Millhopper
Devil’s Tree
Haunted Oaks – Deadman’s Trees
Tallahassee Witch Grave
Wiccademous Path

PERSONALIZED PROPERTIES:
House of Statues
American Dreyfus
Bowling Ball House
Gothic Garden
Mafia House?
Opa-Locka-Baghdad
Solomon’s Castle

ROADSIDE ODDITIES:
800 Year Old Building
Alligators
Big Tree
Bongoland
Crashed Planes
Drive-in Church
Mile Marker Zero
Miracle Wall
Most Unusual Monument
Panther Crossing
Possum Monument
Presidents Hall of Fame
Smalles Police Station
Smallest Post Office
Southernmost Point
Tallest Cross
Zero Milestone

ROAD LESS TRAVELED:
Blood Bucket Road
Green Briar Road
Magnolia Creek
Old Red Eyes-Kingsley Road
Rolling Acres Road
Route 4 Dead Zone
Suicide Road

UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA:
Booming Sounds
Carnivorous Cloud
Coral Castle Photos
Oviedo Lights
Spook Hill

Drug Suspect Brought 50 Grams Of Pot To Court

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Drug Suspect Brought 50 Grams Of Pot To Court: Cops

Posted: 10/03/2014 1:09 pm EDT Updated: 10/03/2014 1:59 pm ED
 Let’s be blunt: If you’re appearing in court on a drug charge, it might be a good idea to leave your marijuana at home.

Police for the New Jersey Port Authority said Richard Thompson didn’t do that.

Investigators allege he had 50 grams of pot in his backpack when he showed up at the Fort Lee Municipal Court Thursday morning.

Thompson, 32, of Stamford, Connecticut, was arrested in May at the George Washington Bridge on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and having marijuana in his car, NJ.comreports.

He was in court to answer to those charges, and went through the normal security screenings.

While he was being searched, officials allegedly found 50 grams of marijuana,two packages of rolling papers and an unrolled cigar wrapper commonly re-used to smoke marijuana, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo told NorthJersey.com.

Thompson was arrested on marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges. The arresting officer, Steve Pisciotta, is the same cop who arrested Thompson on marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges back in May, according to the Cliffview Pilot.

COOL PEOPLE- ONE LINERS FROM GROUCHO MARX

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Groucho Marx – 30 great one-liners

Groucho Marx in 1933

Groucho Marx (1890-1977):

‘I never forget a face, but in your case I’d be glad to make an exception.’

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Parrot Missing For 4 Years Comes Home Speaking Spanish

Posted: 10/13/2014 3:00 pm EDT Updated: 10/13/2014 3:00 pm EDT
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TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

The Daily Breeze reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qU5dU3) the reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook the African gray parrot for her own missing bird.

Teresa Micco tracked Nigel’s microchip to Darren Chick, a Brit who lives in Torrance.

Little is known about Nigel’s whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird’s British accent is gone and it now speaks Spanish.

It’s the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months.

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Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com

Everyday Things Renamed… By Stoners!

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If you looked at an ice cube for the first time with no prior knowledge of the word for frozen cubes of water, what would

you call it? I like the term water with corners… And bird leaf!

Really, these are just things that Tom Haverford would say.

Share these funny names for everyday objects with your friends.

Read more at http://www.amplifyingglass.com/objects-renamed/#gWi0ApkksgG8Hq6F.99

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