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chilling crime in Ohio:

A pair of 18-year-olds were arrested for using screwdrivers to stab an inflatable 12-foot-tall Frosty the Snowman. “Why me?” asked Frosty’s owner, Matt Williquette. “And why Frosty?”

Queenslanders are asking the same question:

Unusually chilly weather in Queensland during the traditionally white-hot Christmas period has been “breaking more records than the Test cricket”, the weather bureau said today …

The maximum temperature at Brisbane’s airport today plunged to 19.1C, dropping below the previous record low of 20.2C in 1960 and well below the average high 20s.

The city’s centre reached a maximum temperature of only 19.2C – not even a degree higher than the 18.8C recorded in 1888.

Emerald, in central Queensland, broke a 100-year record, with the mercury reaching a maximum of only 16.7C, compared to 18.3C in 1907.

The temptation is to giggle indulgently. However, the Great Colding of ‘06 also inspires terror:

Cloudy, cool conditions have brought a promising start to this year’s Woodford Folk Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Magma. We need magma.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/27/2006 at 09:52 AM
    1. Woodford! Shudders … sweaty hippies, fire jugglers and usually 30C and 90% humidity – a toxic mix.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2006 12 27 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. That article on the Frosty assassination also included the following news item:

      “David Allen Rodgers, 42, was arrested Dec. 3 for driving while intoxicated – at the wheel of a float during the annual Christmas parade in Anderson, S.C. According to witnesses, Rodgers sped down Main Street in the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio float with 19 people aboard, ran a red light and led police on a 3-mile chase.”

      To borrow from Oscar Wilde, you would have to have a heart of stone to read that without laughing.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 27 at 10:12 AM • permalink


    1. Also from the link unrelated to Christmas crime

      NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) – Brian Bruggeman caused a stink at the Lincoln County Jail earlier this month and will now have to answer for it in court. Another inmate, Jesse Dorris, alleges that Bruggeman’s flatulence, passed in close proximity to Dorris, sparked a Dec. 14 fight between the two at the jail.

      Oh dear – must have been all those baked beans

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 12 27 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah, the Frosty stabbing happened in Cincinnati.  Cincinnati is one rough place. Look, it was getting annoying, you know?  He kept dancing and marching with that stupid ass broom, leading a pack of punk ass kids, walking across streets, ignoring traffic signals, tying up traffic.  Oh sure, it was cute at first.  For the first hour or so.  Then came Day 2.  Then Day 4.  Still, marching.  Up and down the street.  Shaking that broom like a drum major’s baton.  24 hours a day.  Thumpety thump thump.

      Then on Day 18 someone gave him a whistle.  Tweeeeeetttt!  March march march.  Thumpety thump thump.  60 minutes an hour.  24 hours a day.  Up and down Main Street.  We were going crazy!  Something had to be done.  It was either the Showman Snowman or us!

      Here are photos of the perpetrators.  I say they were heroes.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 12 27 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. A pair of 18-year-olds were arrested for using screwdrivers to stab an inflatable 12-foot-tall Frosty the Snowman.

      The stupid vandal/criminal mind strikes again.

      Screwdrivers are drinks.

      THIS, is what was needed for the task. Something sharp and pointy, similar to your heads, boys.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 12 27 at 10:34 AM • permalink


    1. Sure, nobody cares about Frosty. It’s only white-on-white crime.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 27 at 10:53 AM • permalink


    1. From the Cincinnati Enquirer story about the stabbed snowman:

      “The investigation continues to snowball; any future developments will be reported,” the sheriff’s office stated.

      Groan.  Please people, cops and comedy DO NOT MIX!!!

      Posted by David Crawford on 2006 12 27 at 11:09 AM • permalink


    1. What Volk are festivalling?

      Posted by mojo on 2006 12 27 at 11:37 AM • permalink


    1. “What Volk are festivalling?”

      Das Ubergrubbyfuehrers.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 12 27 at 12:17 PM • permalink


    1. Our next-door neighbor had her inflatable Frosty run over by an ex-boyfriend in a Hummer last year.  Left terrible ruts in the yard.  This year she put out tire-spikes.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 27 at 01:00 PM • permalink


    1. #10: Oh, man! I hope she nails him this year. Snowman-killing bastard.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 27 at 01:32 PM • permalink


    1. paco, you are on metaphorical fire today.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 12 27 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. #12: And came damned close to being literally on fire; just try smoking a cigarette outside on a windy day like this!

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 27 at 03:36 PM • permalink


    1. Interesting to see, according to the CSIRO the drought it in Australia is NOT caused by GW.

      Who would have thought that nature can just be unpredictable?

      Posted by curious george on 2006 12 27 at 04:25 PM • permalink


    1. Cool Yule. Must be climate change, the backup bogey for global warming.
      I bet lots of old-timers who read this blog can remember when the weather was so consistent it was not worth discussing.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 12 27 at 04:57 PM • permalink


    1. #16 Yeah.
      Unless, of course, you lived in Melbourne.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 12 27 at 05:24 PM • permalink


    1. #14 actually the author of that CSIRO report is an AGW believer.  he just reckons that the effects of AGW have not been felt yet.

      I would also quibble with the end of his article on the impact in SW WA being not part of normal climate variation (ie a prolonged drying), while the other two areas are within normal.  I would argue that the SE Qld area is also having similar effects to WA. A prolonged drying as the climate changes (unless you are prepared to argue, as some do, that normal local climate variation includes decadal dry/wet cycles, linked to changes in SOI cycles).

      Anyway, he seems to be a bit too emphatic about the number of incidences of a prolonged drought in a climate model.

      Posted by entropy on 2006 12 27 at 05:46 PM • permalink


    1. Well, it’s obvious that all of the Ashes in the atmosphere above Oz are creating a mini nuclear winter similar to those predicted by Carl Sagan and just recently reiterated in re. to any possible “small” nuclear war in the Mideast. These Ashes are undoubtedly also being spread by all of the jet flights of Pommy cricket fans into and out of Oz for the tests proving that this is all linked to glowball bowling.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 12 27 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. Cool and cloudy conditions should keep B.O. at non-greenhouse causing levels and inhibit the flea lifecycle.  I still predict jugglers and guys playing pan pipes.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 12 27 at 07:21 PM • permalink


    1. heresy rears it’s ugly head at the abc of all places

      Barrie Hunt, an honorary research fellow at the CSIRO’s atmospheric research centre in Melbourne, has studied 10,000 years of climate variability in Australia

      Mr Hunt says this drought is not caused by the greenhouse effect.

      it’s a small thing but any crack in the global warmmongering monolith is welcome

      he does say rising temperatures are caused by the greenhouse effect, but he might change his mind if he were shivering through this subtropical summer like us here in queensland

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 27 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. We’ve had a warmer than average December here in Ohio.  Mother Nature, however, balances herself by giving you southern Aussies a cooler than average December.  Whenever we have a warmer than average December (which does happen now and again), January comes along and slams us in the gizzard.  Be ready, Aussies.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 27 at 09:27 PM • permalink


    1. who among us can honestly say he hasnt secretly harboured a desire to deal with a particularly tacky christmas display with a variety of blunt and sharp objects.

      frosty had it coming

      #1 see youve had the misfortune to attend hippy heaven as well

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 27 at 09:43 PM • permalink


    1. “Why me?” asked Frosty’s owner, Matt Williquette. “And why Frosty?”

      Why Frosty? They probably got tired of hearing “Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly, happy soul”…along with all the other syrupy Christmas jingles, which have been playing more or less nonstop here in the States since before Thanksgiving. I mean, jeez, enough is frickin’ enough.

      I swear, I’m at the point right now that if I hear “The Little Drummer Boy” just one more time, I’m going to track the little brat down and give him a boot right in his rump-pum-pum-pum, rump-pum-pum-pum, rump-pum-pum-pum…

      And then I’m gonna strap a set of stereo headphones to his ears and crank up Trans Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” to, like, eleven. Take that, you little brat…

      Arrgh. After a month of nonstop Christmas commercialism and caroling, you begin to wonder if maybe Scrooge didn’t have a point…

      Posted by Wes S. on 2006 12 27 at 10:38 PM • permalink


    1. Inflatable snowmen, etc.: I’m reminded of Mannie’s advice to Mike the Computer in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress:
      Mannie: …use once, you’re a wit. Use twice, you’re a halfwit.
      Mike: Geometric progression?
      Mannie: Or worse…

      The inflatable yard decorations were sort of cute when there were only a few of them. Now that there’s three in every d*ned yard, I long for the good old days when going around with a .22 in the gun rack was not remarked upon. Free the Ohio Two!


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 12 27 at 10:46 PM • permalink


    1. Inflatable Santa?

      ASIO has stepped up espionage against Chinese spies..

      For Sale $88.8880

      ”“: “” “” : “” “”” “

      “Chinese spies hiding in Australian rice paddy” by 1.618

      p.s. Girlfriends, the David Jones sale is great!!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 12 28 at 01:20 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t suppose anyone’s spotted the Gorebot v2.1 in the Brisbane vicinity, hmm? Where strides the Lord of GlorbalEncoolamisationAwarmingathingummy™, Fimbulwinter and Ragnarok cannot be far behind.

      Posted by David Gillies on 2006 12 28 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. Americans prefer their Christmas’ in cold weather and accompanied by piles of softly frozen flakes of water.

      That is the American Way. It will also be your way. You will learn to love it as we do.

      3 more years of indoctrination via American television programming will ensure that you do.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 12 28 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. You will learn to love it as we do.

      Nope.  Never.  Here at 12° 23’ south latitude we will continue to enjoy non-snowflakey weather at Christmas (and all year round, as long as God allows it) and there’s not a thing anyone, not even Yank TV programs such as the rest of my family are watching right now, can do about it.  So there!  Stick that up your pipe and smoke it!  Southerners can make their own arrangements.

      Posted by Janice on 2006 12 28 at 05:27 AM • permalink


    1. More Christmas-related violence:

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 12 29 at 01:11 AM • permalink


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