Christmas and Science: A Photo Essay


WC likes Christmas. WC is an admitted fan of fantasy and science fiction. But when you mix the two? Not so much. And, brothers and sisters, our callous, capitalist culture has taken a Mixmaster™ to the two. You think WC is indulging in hyperbole? Some examples:

Dinosaurs – except for one family of theropods – were whacked when the Chicxulub impactor visited the Yuctatan Peninsula 65 million years ago. But WC’s neighborhood boasts Christmas dinosaurs.

Your basic Christmas dinosaur, North End, Boise, Idaho

Your basic Christmas dinosaur, North End, Boise, Idaho

WC speculates someone has confused “Cretaceous” with “Christmas.” Jesus riding a dinosaur folks, it’s been 65 million years! They’re fossils, Get over it.

Then there’s the Christmas penguin thing. Santa – more fantasy – lives at the North Pole, people. Penguins are in the Southern Hemisphere. You know, the South Pole.

Penguins on a Polar Bear, North End, Boise, Idaho

Penguins on a Polar Bear, North End, Boise, Idaho

But here are three penguins riding on a polar bear. Carrying a wreath and presents. No wonder kids are confused about geography and science. Here you have animals from the South Pole riding an animal from the North Pole carrying an ornament made with branches from trees that don’t grow in either region. Sigh.

And Christmas dragons? Where did this come from?

An animated Christmas Dragon, North End, Boise, Idaho

An animated Christmas Dragon, North End, Boise, Idaho

Yes, it flaps its wings. WC has nothing against dragons. WC likes dragons. They are a useful instructional tool, after all. But Christmas dragons?

The madness isn’t confined to ancient memes, either.

Christmas Star Wars Stormtrooper, North End, Boise, Idaho

Christmas Star Wars Stormtrooper, North End, Boise, Idaho

That’s right, a candy cane-bearing Star Wars™ Stormtrooper. That galaxy may be long ago and far away, but obviously not far enough to avoid being infected with the mercantile Christmas meme.

WC has barely scratched the surface of the silliness. Christmas flamingoes? Sure, why not?

Christmas Flamingoes, North End, Boise, Idaho

Christmas Flamingoes, North End, Boise, Idaho

There must be a lot of money in the Christmas yard decoration industry?

Maybe this nonsense is confined to Idaho? The whole inflatable Christmas yard ornament thing suggests not, but WC invites readers to offer their contributions. Because, at this point, all we can do is document the madness.

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2 thoughts on “Christmas and Science: A Photo Essay

  1. Hmmmm…instead let’s document the madness of the fuel miles taken to bring these ornaments from China (likely country of origin), the labour conditions the workers are subject to and how long theses items will take to break down when they go to landfill on Boxing Day. Sorry to rain on the Christmas parade but these are important questions.

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