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Meh. Bah Humbug, Eel Lights Christmas tree
by Rona and Hans,posted Dec 18 2012 7:33AM
Are you stressing about this whole 12-21-12 thing? Most people aren't...read on.
Most ‘Meh’ Over Armageddon
Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding December 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar and the reported end of the world, a new survey reveals that Americans are more optimistic than previously thought. The folks at Zoosk.com recently conducted a survey among its members in the U.S. to gather their thoughts on this date, if they are preparing for it, and how the idea of the end of the world would affect their plans. Findings include:
93% of Americans think the world will not come to an end on December 21, 2012.
Only 25% of Americans will do any kind of preparation for December 21, such as buying survival gear and emergency supplies.
68% of Americans say they would stay in the relationship they are currently in even if they believed the world were coming to an end.
34% of Americans would like to spend their last day on Earth snuggling with a loved one.
Only 5% would max out their credit cards.
Only 1% would tell-off their boss.
There are things we love about the holidays but here are a few things that Consumer Reports people DON'T like about the holidays...read on.
Although a whopping 94% of holiday shoppers say they’re at least somewhat enjoying the holiday season this year, one in five feel that gift shopping itself is one of the things they absolutely dread about the holiday season, according to a Consumer Reports poll. At the top of the dreaded list: crowds and long lines, which drew the ire of 58% of poll respondents. On the bright side, the thing that people dreaded the least was holiday tipping! Americans’ biggest holiday dreads include:
Crowds and long lines (58%)
Gaining weight (41%)
Aggressive or thoughtless driving in store parking lots (40%)
Getting into debt (30%)
Gift shopping (20%)
Seasonal music (14%)
Disappointing gifts (13%)
Seeing certain relatives (12%)
Having to attend holiday parties, gatherings or events (9%)
Having to be nice (4%)
Holiday tipping (3%)
Aquarium Uses Eel To Power Christmas Tree
The Living Planet Aquarium in Utah is using an electric eel to power the lights on a Christmas tree in its “Journey To South America” gallery. Terry Smith, project manager at Cache Valley Electric, said the electricity generated by an eel in a nearby tank causes the four strands of lights on the 5-foot tree to flash intermittently at the Sandy aquarium. Officials at the aquarium said electric eels can discharge specialized cells called electrocytes simultaneously to create a 600-volt electric charge equal to about five times the power of a standard U.S. wall socket. The eel-powered tree will be on display through December 31st. For realz! See the video below...