Breaking News: Santa Claus is Gay!

The last time I visited Daffy the Duck, I was empty-handed:

This time, I brought pretzels (fried bread)…

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Me:  Hey, dude, how are you doin’?
DD:  Did you come bearing gifts ?





Me:  Of course, here, catch! (FYI: Ducks aren’t good at catching pretzels, or really, even finding them once they land.)

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Me:  So, who’s your friend?
DD:  Oh, that’s just my younger cousin. She’s always following me around…


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Me:  Brrrrr, are you cold, or do your feathers keep you warm?
DD:  Well, I grew up at the North Pole, so I’m used to the cold.

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Me:  The North Pole? Do you know Santa Claus?
DD:  Of course, everyone knows Santa. But most people don’t know that when Santa was young, he was also very skinny. In the olden days, there wasn’t (weren’t?) very many people on Earth, and Santa’s sleigh was a lot smaller — more like a snowboard. And in the beginning, it was ducks and other birds that pulled Santa’s sleigh, not reindeer.


Me:  Wow, you were one of Santa’s ducks?
DD:  No, but I had friends and relatives who worked for Santa, including the lead bird who pulled the sleigh. His name was Oscar the Ostrich.

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Me:  Wait a minute, an ostrich can’t fly…
DD:  They can at the North Pole.

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Me:  So, do you have any dirt on Santa?
DD:  Not dirt, per se, but did you know he was gay? (Ducks can rhyme, too.)

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What it looks like when a duck farts.

Me:  Really? How do you know?
DD:  A long time ago, a reporter mistook Santa’s housekeeper as his wife, and the myth was born. Mrs. Claus is really Sandra Cloud, a Native American Indian. Nice lady, but her and Santa aren’t really married. Didn’t you ever wonder why there were no little Clauses?

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Me:  Well, now that I know Santa is gay, I might change my mind about celebrating Christmas…
DD:  Then, Merry Christmas!

Thank you, amigos and amigas, for visiting my blog on Christmas Day. 🙂

Singing is beneficial for memory and mood especially in early dementia

“Given the increasing global prevalence and burden of dementia and the limited resources in public health care for persons with dementia and their family caregivers, it is important to find alternative ways to maintain and stimulate cognitive, emotional, and social well-being in this population. Our findings suggest that musical leisure activities could be easily applied and widely used in dementia care and rehabilitation. Especially stimulating and engaging activities, such as singing, seem to be very promising for maintaining memory functioning in the early stages of dementia,” Särkämö concludes.