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Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and all that

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Blogging will be sparse the next few days due to the obvious holiday exuberance. I have a few articles I want to write up and post over the next week, including an introductory one related to my next blogging theme of defending premillennial eschatology.

In the meantime, enjoy yourself by checking out these Christmas fun facts. If anyone can explain to me how they did the math in the first part of #4 I would appreciate it.

Also, let's stroll down memory lane of Christmas blogs past and revisit Pecadillo's yuletide hot tub story.













I found this amusing little video over at Dan's place. Reminded me of a rather terse comment exchange I had with a couple of anti-homeschoolers at a local blog in my town.





How about this modern take on the Island of Misfit Toys? King Moon Raiser is looking better than ever, but I can certainly understand now why nobody wanted the Charlie in the Box.

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Blogger Escovado said...

Fred,

"If anyone can explain to me how they did the math in the first part of #4 I would appreciate it."

Here you go. The lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas are in italics with my comments in bold:


On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.


1

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


2 + 1 = 3

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


3 + 2 + 1 = 6

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 10

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 15

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 21

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.



7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 28


On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.



8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 36


On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 45

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 55

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 66


On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!


12 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 78


Finally: 78 + 66 + 55 + 45 + 36 + 28 + 21 + 15 + 10 + 6 + 3 + 1 = 364

9:42 PM, December 23, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

My wife guessed that last night. But that's stupid. One is really only getting 78 gifts if we take the song a face value: 12 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 78 gifts. There isn't any need to return to the gifts and add them up a second time.

7:45 AM, December 24, 2009  
Blogger Escovado said...

Most normal people would assume 78 gifts. If you think like a government bureaucrat, however, then 364 would make perfect sense.

Merry Christmas, anyway!

9:49 AM, December 24, 2009  

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