Month: December 2010

santa hates st. louis

​What’s a city gotta do to catch a break these days? If you didn’t find exactly what you wanted under the Chrisma-Hannu-Kwanz-Festi-Solsti-Non-Denominational-Winter-Holiday tree last weekend, well, The New Yorker magazine can tell you why: Santa, well, just doesn’t feel too comfortable touching down in certain parts of St. Louis and its surrounding suburbs. “They just […] Read more…

war of words: refudiate v. austerity, which one is word of the year

It’s that time of year again, the season where you can take two steps without stumbling over a year-end list, a this of the year or a that of the year. Merriam-Webster announced today that “austerity” is the dictionary publishing house’s word of the year for 2010. This, a month after Oxford American Dictionary’s coronation […] Read more…

man throws dead squirrel through hardee’s window, orders ‘extra nuts’

​Christopher Thompson, a 26-year-old from Pekin, Illinois, appears to have gone, well, a little nuts. (That’s a sleeper pun, just so you know. You’ll laugh later.) Last Friday, a friend put a squirrel carcass on the dashboard of Thompson’s car as a joke. Like any normal person would, he decided to adopt the dead rodent […] Read more…

’tis the season to have all our damn shows preempted by infomercials

“Ho, ho, h– what the hell is this?” Expect variations on that jolly-yet-pissy exclamation at 7 p.m. tonight, when fans of NBC’s half-hour comedy Community flip to Channel 5 KSDK and discover that instead of the series’ stop-motion claymation Christmas special, the station has instead opted to air a special of “holiday events” around St. […] Read more…

pokemon loose in crestwood: catch them!

Rumor has it that there’s a herd of wild Pokémon loose in Crestwood. You know what you need to do. You gotta catch ’em. You gotta catch ’em all. In order to catch ’em all, as the kids in the early aughts said, you’ll have to show up at 10 a.m. December 18, at Yeti […] Read more…

record-breaking kindness: goodwill aims for a million donations in 2010

​How charitable are you feeling today? If the answer to that question is “at least a tiny bit,” MERS/Goodwill is looking for YOU. The local chapter of the charitable organization has collected 914,000 donations this year, and they’ve got their hearts set on crossing the million-donation milestone before 2011 rolls in. Seriously, guys, it’s the […] Read more…