​The ALF Christmas Special may be the root of all holiday depression

I recently learned that suicide rates don't peak during the holidays, but in the spring. This was a surprise to me for two reasons — 1) I presumed the bleakness of winter combined with the inevitable disappointment that accompanies any major joyous event would be the most major inspiration for people to kill… » 12/20/13 8:11am 12/20/13 8:11am

​11 Insane Things You Didn't Know About Santa Claus

Santa Claus might be a right jolly old elf, but he's a jolly old elf with a bizarre past. St. Nicholas. Sinterklaas. Odin. Santa Claus has used all of these pseudonyms at one point or another, and committed acts so bizarre that the fact Santa has an army of indentured elf servants making all his toys seem normal by… » 12/17/13 10:30am 12/17/13 10:30am

Rick tries to save Carl's Christmas in the amazing Walking Dead

If you have a touch of holiday spirit left in you, I can't recommend enough that you use it viewing this trailer for the Walking Dead Christmas Special that simply must happen. Come on, AMC, you know you want to ± don't pretend like you don't like making a zillion dollars every time a new TWD episode airs. And… » 12/26/12 6:40am 12/26/12 6:40am

Star Wars/A Christmas Story Droid leg lamp is a Major Award

A Christmas Story may have lost its Flash Gordon scene, but that doesn't mean when can't inject a little scifi spirit into the holiday classic. That's what Gordon Tarpley has done with his clever Star Wars/A Christmas Story mashup, tearing apart C-3PO and R2-D2 and reassembling them as the Old Man's winning leg lamp. » 12/23/12 8:30am 12/23/12 8:30am

The Cartoon Martha Stewart Guide to a Merry Cthulhumas

How do you bring a little Lovecraft into your holiday? You can sing Eldritch Christmas carols or decorate your tree with tentacles or put a Santa Cthulhu up on the shelf. Or you could go all out with Cthulhumas party, filled with undead party guests, Junji Ito's Enigma of Amigara Fault-inspired sweets, and the… » 12/23/12 7:00am 12/23/12 7:00am

Ralphie teamed up with Flash Gordon in a deleted scene from A Christmas…

'Tis the season to watch A Christmas Story over and over and over again. But even if you watch the full 24-hour annual marathons, you might have missed this tidbit in the credits: two actors are credited as playing Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless. That's because the movie was originally supposed to feature a… » 12/22/12 1:00pm 12/22/12 1:00pm

Christopher Lee has just released two heavy metal Christmas covers

God Rest Ye, Christopher Lee, and your new heavy metal Christmas songs. This is all the information you need in order to decide whether you want them or not (if the answer is not an emphatic yes, please see a doctor immediately), but if for some reason you're on the fence, the songs are "The Little Drummer Boy" and… » 12/21/12 3:00pm 12/21/12 3:00pm

The theologically confusing nightmare that is the He-Man & She-Ra…

We all know the worst Christmas special of all time is the Star Wars Holiday Special, but what's the second worst? The 1985 He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special makes for a strong candidate. Trying to discuss a religious holiday with muscle-bound heathen barbarians from another planet would pose a challenge in the… » 12/14/12 8:00am 12/14/12 8:00am

The Bizarre Christmas Song that Featured a Merry Dalek on Vocals

At the height of Dalekmania, the 1960s British group the Go-Go's (not those Go-Go's) released the novelty single "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek." This parody of lighthearted Christmas tunes featured lead singer Sue Smith in a childlike lisp and a bandmate delivering the Dalek's spoken lines in nasal… » 12/09/12 10:00am 12/09/12 10:00am