December 27th, 1918 – The Greater Poland Uprising

In late 1918 Poles with hopes for a sovereign Poland began serious preparations for an uprising after Kaiser Wilhelm‘s abdication on November 9th, 1918, which marked the end of the German monarchy, which would be replaced by the Weimar Republic. The uprising broke out on December 27th, 1918 in Poznań, after a patriotic speech by […]

Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe

Then the woman asked: ‘Have all things taken oaths to spare Baldr?’ and Frigg answered: ‘There grows a tree-sprout alone westward of Valhall: it is called Mistletoe; I thought it too young to ask the oath of.’ Then straightway the woman turned away; but Loki took Mistletoe and pulled it up and went to the […]

December 26th, 1846 – The Donner Party

The Donner Party (sometimes called the Donner-Reed Party) was a group of American pioneers led by George Donner and James F. Reed who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes, they spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Beginning on December 26th, 1846, […]

The Failure of Captain Phasma

We have no intention of ruining your Star Wars – The Force Awakens viewing experience, so if you haven’t seen the film yet please DO NOT READ this post until you’ve seen the film . . . Having seen it in both 3D and regular, we definitely recommend seeing it in 3D, preferably IMAX 3D. Okay, […]

December 25th, 1908 – The Birth of a Dandy

Denis Charles Pratt was born in Sutton, Surrey in England on December 25th, 1908, the fourth child of lawyer Spencer Charles Pratt and former governess Frances Marion Pratt. In his early 20s he changed his name to something that he felt better suited his cultivated effeminate appearance that both shocked contemporary Londoners and provoked homophobic attacks. This […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 72: Interview with Basement Fodder Podcast – Part One!

We have Todd and Dave from the Basement Fodder Podcast on today! These guys easily out-geek our Boss Monkey! In this two part episode, we start off talking with Todd about how Basement Fodder got its start, and we are then joined by Basement Fodder co-host Dave! We then start talking about comic books and […]

Fun & Unusual Facts About Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”

How many times did it snow in London on Christmas day during Charles Dickens’s lifetime? Why did Frank, the character played by Bill Murray in Scrooged, apparently think that Christmas Eve fell on November 23rd? Why are Viserys Targaryen and Norman Bates featured in an article about A Christmas Carol? Read on to learn the answers to these questions, and so much more . . .

December 24th, 1914 – The Christmas Truce

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914 that began on December 24th, 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both […]

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