Wonderful Winter, Succulent Summer and a Spectacular Solstice

Today is the Solstice. That means that for me it’s the shortest day of the year. It also means Yule is now, Festivus is in two days, Christmas and Capitalism Day are in four, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah start in five, New Years and Circumcision Day are in ten days, Newtonmas is in two weeks, and Epiphany is in 16 days.Just letting you know that this year I’m boycotting Christmas. Not because of my principles or anything (though that’s what I’m going to claim), I’m just too damn poor to afford anything.

Oh, and this is my favorite sentence today: “What follows is a mathematical proof that 22/7 > Ï€. It is simple in that it is short and straightforward, and requires only an elementary understanding of calculus.”


  1. I remember when my brother Luch was about 12 years old, he tried to prove that π was equal to 22/7, or that one could use 22/7 in substitute for pi to render more accurate calculations.

    But he was 12.

    Do people actually believe 22/7 = pi??

  2. Apologies, Seth. I was under the impression that we were in 5765 instead of 5766. Perhaps I transfixed the Julian 2005 for the Hebrew final digit.

    And besides, doesn’t Chanukah begin the 26th?… of December?

    After all, we all know it begins on the 25th of Kislev…

    Oh, hell, it’s too hard to pretend I know what I’m talking about. How about if I just become an Antisemite? Would you hate me?

  3. I believe it begins the night of the 25th, and the 26th is the first full day.

    But I’m just basing this off of my mother’s Jewish calendar. Whatever.

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