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(Mental Floss)   OK, let's settle this whole "Santa is white" thing once and for all by going back to the halcyon days of Reagan in the White House to see Nancy Reagan posing beside...OH MY GOD   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 180
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2013-12-18 04:34:34 PM  

Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.


Who ate health cliff which is why Garfield is the one who lived on.
 
2013-12-18 04:36:51 PM  

zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.


Who promptly ate Garfield.
 
2013-12-18 04:39:11 PM  

wheatpennyandaglock: http://www.fark.com/comments/8065883/88253164#c88253164" rel=nofollow target=_blank>Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

while RUN DMC rapped christmas carols


Just walk this way
 
2013-12-18 04:39:29 PM  

mrphil: zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Who promptly ate Garfield.


Don't you know the rules of improv? No negating other people's contributions.
 
2013-12-18 04:39:46 PM  

Dimensio: cowgirl toffee: make me some tea: Mr. T was a good Christian.

yes. He had so much pitty on people.

Your attempt at humour is corny, trite and awful.

/I voted +1 funny on it.


Thanks. :)
 
2013-12-18 04:39:57 PM  
As long as Panch Claus stays Mexican, I don't care about Santa
 
2013-12-18 04:40:18 PM  

durbnpoisn: Uh, how did this become an argument?

The most popular representation of Santa came from a Coca Cola ad YEARS ago.  Prior to that, the whole concept was developed by western culture in Europe.  By white people.  What the hell color did anyone expect him to be?


Pretty much this.
 
2013-12-18 04:41:43 PM  

static4.wikia.nocookie.net

Ceci n'est pas Santa Claus.

 
2013-12-18 04:42:47 PM  
Next thing you know, there's gonna be a rainbow Santa for all the GLBTs this year.
 
2013-12-18 04:43:24 PM  

mike_d85: Don't you know the rules of improv? No negating other people's contributions.


Shakes tiny fist.
 
2013-12-18 04:46:43 PM  

Duke_leto_Atredes: wheatpennyandaglock: http://www.fark.com/comments/8065883/88253164#c88253164" rel=nofollow target=_blank>Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

while RUN DMC rapped christmas carols

Just walk this way


While Freddy Krueger and the Fat Boys sang Jingle Bells
 
2013-12-18 04:47:48 PM  
This whole thread delivers. It kept me on the crapper for an extra 10 minutes just so I could read the whole thing.

Well done, fark.
 
2013-12-18 04:49:09 PM  

Lokilaw2012: Which then caused the five lions to form Voltron


who teams up with Rick Hunter to stop Unicrom
 
2013-12-18 04:49:25 PM  

mdeesnuts: morcoth: hardinparamedic: Primitive Screwhead: Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

Which caused Starscream to yell at Megatron

Then these guys found the eggnog.....

[img.fark.net image 225x224]

Thundercats drunk would be awesome. There's a Thundercats easter egg in some software I wrote years ago. I wonder if anyone's ever found it.


We all know why you want to see *them* drunk.....

cdn.motinetwork.net
 
2013-12-18 04:50:37 PM  

durbnpoisn: Uh, how did this become an argument?


It never was. Megyn Kelly said something hilariously stupid, people laughed at the stupid, and then a bunch of stupid people got all defensive of the stupid.
 
2013-12-18 04:52:40 PM  

mrphil: zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Who promptly ate Garfield.


That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"
 
2013-12-18 04:53:34 PM  

cowgirl toffee: make me some tea: Mr. T was a good Christian.

yes. He had so much pitty on people.


I mean, look at that goddamn gold cross on his chest. He's more Jesus than Jesus!
 
2013-12-18 04:55:52 PM  

SovietCanuckistan: As usual, Republicans shoot their mouth off, get called on it, claim it was a joke, then the internet provides examples of just how wrong they are. I will never get tired of this.


Mr. T dressed as Santa isn't a refutation, it's a casting stunt.

But hey, keep on thinking Democrats are correct when they call for different racial Santas for black kids and white kids. Just don't be surprised when they move on to calling for different schools, different lunch counters, and different water fountains. They just love segregation -- always have, always will.
 
2013-12-18 04:57:52 PM  

make me some tea: Mr. T was a good Christian.


No he wasn't! That asshole ate my balls!
 
2013-12-18 05:00:38 PM  

someonelse: durbnpoisn: Uh, how did this become an argument?

It never was. Megyn Kelly said something hilariously stupid, people laughed at the stupid, and then a bunch of stupid people got all defensive of the stupid.


Ah.  I see.  Wikipedia already has an explanation of it.
Yep.  That was pretty stupid.
 
2013-12-18 05:00:41 PM  

gerrymander: SovietCanuckistan: As usual, Republicans shoot their mouth off, get called on it, claim it was a joke, then the internet provides examples of just how wrong they are. I will never get tired of this.

Mr. T dressed as Santa isn't a refutation, it's a casting stunt.

But hey, keep on thinking Democrats are correct when they call for different racial Santas for black kids and white kids. Just don't be surprised when they move on to calling for different schools, different lunch counters, and different water fountains. They just love segregation -- always have, always will.


*points and laughs at the stupid*
 
2013-12-18 05:09:25 PM  
St Nicholas was of Greek nationality and born in what is now Turkey so he was probably rather brownish and not WHITE white.
 
2013-12-18 05:09:31 PM  

morcoth: We all know why you want to see *them* drunk.....


Well its either that or gangbanging Smurfette while she rimjobs Papa Smurf.

/glad someone finally did that
 
2013-12-18 05:11:13 PM  

Diogenes: I feel like I'm having flashbacks.  Anyone remember this thing?

[media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com image 633x872]

Man, that critic at the top really is a hack.  80s satire?


i1.ytimg.com

"Yours is a superior intellect."

/couldn't find the death scene, but it's the same guy who played The Phoenix.
 
2013-12-18 05:11:38 PM  

gerrymander: keep on thinking Democrats are correct when they call for different racial Santas for black kids and white kids. Just don't be surprised when they move on to calling for different schools, different lunch counters, and different water fountains.



4/10

Needs more Christmas animated bling on a crying Bald Eagle.
 
2013-12-18 05:13:25 PM  

real_headhoncho: mrphil: zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Who promptly ate Garfield.

That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"


And sat down to watch a Very Special episode of Diff'rent Strokes
 
2013-12-18 05:16:48 PM  
This thread is not going to be complete without a Manimal reference
 
2013-12-18 05:17:18 PM  

digitalrain: real_headhoncho: mrphil: zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Who promptly ate Garfield.

That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"

And sat down to watch a Very Special episode of Diff'rent Strokes


I have no idea how y'all noticed all that- I was in the bathroom fapping to Cindy Crawford to be bothered by that tripe

Now prince on his purple motorcycle- driving out to the lake- that's a different story
 
2013-12-18 05:18:58 PM  
What's fun to do is show this to a Republitoad type who is a little older and knows who Mr. T was, then pretend not to know who he was.  Just start claiming this must be the sort of person Nancy Reagan hung around with all the time.  Deny he likely was famous.
 
2013-12-18 05:19:29 PM  

real_headhoncho: mrphil: zulius: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Who promptly ate Garfield.

That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"


Prompting Hall and Oates to write another song...

...leading to a global concert to combat poverty featuring Journey, Boston, Judas Priest, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Van Halen...
 
2013-12-18 05:20:09 PM  

s2s2s2: I demand Samuel L as white house Santa this year!

[mrwgifs.com image 245x151]


Let 'em duel it out with lightsabers.

content8.flixster.com

www.hamovhotov.com
 
2013-12-18 05:20:58 PM  

loonatic112358: Lokilaw2012: Which then caused the five lions to form Voltron

who teams up with Rick Hunter to stop Unicrom


Which lead to Tranzor Z taking on Cobra Commander
 
2013-12-18 05:23:43 PM  

real_headhoncho: That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"


Bill the Cat is still popular today, he just looks a little different:

www.thewrap.com
 
2013-12-18 05:26:24 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: real_headhoncho: That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"

Bill the Cat is still popular today, he just looks a little different:

[www.thewrap.com image 567x247]


What the hell is wrong with her areolas? It's like staring into a black hole.
 
2013-12-18 05:27:22 PM  

hardinparamedic: Danger Avoid Death: real_headhoncho: That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"

Bill the Cat is still popular today, he just looks a little different:

[www.thewrap.com image 567x247]

What the hell is wrong with her areolas? It's like staring into a black hole.


Pasties
 
2013-12-18 05:30:04 PM  

vernonFL: The only problem with Mr. T as Santa Claus is that every Christmas Eve he refuses to get on the sleigh, folding his arms and saying, "you aint gettin me in no sleigh, Nancy Reagan!"

So Nancy Reagan has to put roofies in his eggnog to knock him out before he'll get in the sleigh.


My friend gets so drunk at our yearly office Christmas party I usually have to help him get in his car.
 
2013-12-18 05:35:31 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: real_headhoncho: That was when Bill the Cat went "Ack!"

Bill the Cat is still popular today, he just looks a little different:

[www.thewrap.com image 567x247]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-18 05:36:50 PM  

JerseyTim: [www.mentalfloss.com image 500x600]

If this happened today, the New York Post would front cover a story about Michelle Obama flirting with Mr T. and the story inside would have a bunch of pictures of a scowling, disapproving Barack.


I was wondering when that shot was going to be brought up, given the current "controversy". Perfectly perfect.
 
2013-12-18 05:37:20 PM  

Matthew Keene: durbnpoisn: Uh, how did this become an argument?

The most popular representation of Santa came from a Coca Cola ad YEARS ago.  Prior to that, the whole concept was developed by western culture in Europe.  By white people.  What the hell color did anyone expect him to be?

Plus if he was black he certainly wouldn't be leaving gifts.


Santa Claus is an American invention. Developed from the Dutch Sinterklaas, the Christian St. Nicholas and the English Father Christmas, but very different from all of them. The whole coming down the chimney, leaving toys for kids for to find on Christmas morning? That was invented in the early 19th century in New York, NY, by Washington Irving and other members of the Knickerbocker Club.

Santa "looks" white, maybe. The earliest documentation of his appearance comes from "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes - how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;


You could argue that Santa is white, because he has red cheeks and a red nose, but what's completely clear is that he's not HUMAN, so white is kinda beside the point. He's described as tiny, riding in a "miniature sleigh," and as a "right jolly old elf." Santa is no more human than Bilbo Baggins.
 
2013-12-18 05:37:40 PM  
Considering that Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, is of German origin, and is often correlated with the imagery of Thor and other deities who are said to have brought gifts for Yule, I'd say technically in a most historical sense, he would be white. Just like Jesus would likely be about the same complexion as a modern middle-easterner, and Buddha would look like your average Indian.

However, given that Santa Claus, in the truest sense, is a representation of the ideal behind Yule, which is family, peace, and the giving of gifts to celebrate the holiest aspects of the family and the core concepts of true community and hospitality, he doesn't have to be white. He can be any fscking color you want, so long as he remembers to preach the fact that christmas is a time of giving to others to honor their sacrifices and gifts given to you, and the highest traditions of hospitality.

This is why my family celebrates by giving to the poor and feeding the homeless, and by giving to others.

/Yes, Christmas is Socialist.
//AMazingly, the whole farking point is about helping others and doing good works for your brethren.
///No, Ebenezer Scrooge and a christmas carol is not meant to be the core of republican horror stories
//conservative/libertarian/moderate liberal depending on who you ask
 
2013-12-18 05:48:36 PM  
Santa is whatever race each child needs him to be.

Also, Santa isn't real.
 
2013-12-18 05:51:33 PM  
Santa is Turkish/Eastern Roman, case closed. What, just because he moved from real person to mythical creature you think the color of his Middle-eastern skin changed?

Same thing with people arguing that Jesus was white, really?
 
2013-12-18 06:02:39 PM  

NathanAllen: Santa is Turkish/Eastern Roman, case closed. What, just because he moved from real person to mythical creature you think the color of his Middle-eastern skin changed?

Same thing with people arguing that Jesus was white, really?


Saint Nicholas of Myra was fully Greek, no mixed heritage. His history is pretty well-established. So he probably looked a lot like this when he was an old man:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-18 06:07:58 PM  

vodka: This thread is not going to be complete without a Manimal reference


Or "Tales of the Gold Monkey"
 
2013-12-18 06:09:06 PM  

Kit Fister: Considering that Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, is of German origin,


Not so much, actually. I wouldn't have known either though if they hadn't mentioned it on The Daily Show. Their take-down of this whole stupid thing was kind of epic...
 
2013-12-18 06:17:40 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: OnlyM3: Liberals will consider this proof that Reagan was "rayyyycist". Making that poor man dress up like that.

The ones in your head?  Because they appear to be the only ones saying anything remotely similar to that.


I see you are unfamiliar with the movie The Butler who enhanced the true story with untrue moments to make Reagan appear racist. Liberals are doing their best to make Reagan into more of a grand wizard than Byrd was.
 
2013-12-18 06:22:41 PM  

HawgWild: hardinparamedic: jst3p: big pig peaches: hardinparamedic: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nabb1: Primitive Screwhead: HawgWild: hardinparamedic: HawgWild: BKITU: HawgWild: enry: Pocket Ninja: HawgWild: With Airwolf in hot pursuit.

Although Airwolf is shot down by Blue Thunder, which was way cooler and had whisper mode.

MacGyver picked up the pieces and used it to fix Chernobyl.  Before it broke.

Which the Greatest American Hero promptly flew into, breaking it ...

... into innumerable neon triangles.

That are then played with by The Muppet Babies.

Which explains the origins of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Who immediately get their shells kicked by CHUCK NORRIS and his KARATE KOMMANDOS!

Who were all blown up by Street Hawk's rockets

While E.T. made a phone call. To Alf.

Which made the Transformers team up with M.A.S.K.

Which caused Strebek and Friday to fight against PAGAN.

Of course they also had to call in the American Ninja.

Afterward G.E.M. did something truly outrageous.

Starred in the Crying Game?

With the Beastmaster!


Oh Mickey your so fine!
 
2013-12-18 06:24:22 PM  

NathanAllen: Santa is Turkish/Eastern Roman, case closed. What, just because he moved from real person to mythical creature you think the color of his Middle-eastern skin changed?

Same thing with people arguing that Jesus was white, really?


There are lots of "white" people in the Levant. Arabs and Jews aren't any darker than anyone else who lives around the Mediterranean; they just often get more sun. Jesus most likely had brown eyes, brunet or black hair and a tan. In "Murica, if you fit that description and are of Italian or Jewish descent, you're considered "white, no?"

What a modern Palestinian "brown" person may look like, i.e. "white":

www.washingtonpost.com
 
2013-12-18 06:25:11 PM  

ladyfortuna: Kit Fister: Considering that Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, is of German origin,

Not so much, actually. I wouldn't have known either though if they hadn't mentioned it on The Daily Show. Their take-down of this whole stupid thing was kind of epic...


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

So apparently Saint Nicholas and the Santa Claus tradition came from different roots and merged. Oh well.
 
2013-12-18 06:32:48 PM  

Kit Fister: ladyfortuna: Kit Fister: Considering that Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, is of German origin,

Not so much, actually. I wouldn't have known either though if they hadn't mentioned it on The Daily Show. Their take-down of this whole stupid thing was kind of epic...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

So apparently Saint Nicholas and the Santa Claus tradition came from different roots and merged. Oh well.


Merged, and radically changed in America, into an artificially contrived "family" holiday designed to present an alternative to traditional English Christmas. Christmas in Merry Olde England was such a boozeup that one of the first things the Massachusetts Bay Colony did was to ban Christmas as a pagan orgy with no Scriptural backing. People were punished in Boston for taking the day off on Christmas, because the Puritans well knew that Jesus was most likely born in March, and that the Roman Catholic Church had glommed on to Saturnalia in the Roman Empire, and other solstice celebrations elsewhere.

All this is from The Battle for Christmas, where among other things, I learned that Christmas caroling back in the day was more like Halloween. If a mob of drunken boys and servants showed up outside your door yowling carols off key, and you didn't buy them off with wassail, they'd chuck iceballs and rocks through your windows.
 
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