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The Slice: You could just call it some Christmas in a cup

Sat., Nov. 20, 2010

Here’s a weekend lifestyle tip.

Try an eggnog latte.

Let’s move on.

Slice answers: “Area code 509 is far superior, sounding almost lyrical,” wrote Nick Britz. “Whereas 208 sounds very close to the noise my stomach made one time when I ate some bad clams.”

Patti Baird disagreed, saying “208 has a much prettier and softer look. Odd numbers are harsh and severe.”

Survey says: A colleague here at one of America’s newspapers recently voiced the opinion that a majority of adults have never seen the 1954 movie “White Christmas.”

I’m not sure how to make a definitive determination. But let’s start this way.

You probably have seen “White Christmas” if…

1. You know it’s not “Holiday Inn.” 2. You remember thinking it was a little odd that all those former soldiers had warm and fuzzy feelings for a retired general. 3. You recognize the song when women you know burst into a rousing chorus of “Sisters.”

4. You still recall marveling at Vera-Ellen’s impossibly small waist. 5. You know this was one where Bing Crosby did not play a priest. 6. You know that Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill aren’t in it.

7. Though also set in Vermont and made in the mid-1950s, you know that it wasn’t the one featuring a young Jerry Mathers. (That was “The Trouble with Harry.”) 8. You could tell Rosemary Clooney from Mariah Carey. 9. You’ve heard of World War II. 10. Danny Kaye sort of gets on your nerves. 11. You still remember about 22 years ago when KAYU clipped off the ending.

Do you hear what he hears: Jeff “Not a Scrooge” Dreewes fears that radio stations playing Christmas music earlier and earlier is a trend that could result in innocent victims being exposed to “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” on Labor Day weekend in 2015.

The physics of heat loss: “It is theoretically possible to ski naked if you have a really good hat,” wrote John May.

But not recommended.

Today’s Slice question: How many S-R readers have seen a wolverine in the wild?

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