Christmas decoration prompts 911 call!

A Texas family's Christmas light display, inspired by Clark W. Griswold, prompted a 911 call and a police response. 

The Heerlein family thought it would be funny to decorate the house like the one in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, complete with Chevy Chase hanging off the roof -- or at least a mannequin dressed up to look like him. Unfortunately, one passerby thought the person was real and frantically tried to help the man. 

As he tried to move the ladder into a better position for the mannequin, he realized he needed backup, so he called 911. An officer arrived and quickly realized that it was a dummy hanging off the roof. The family now has a sign in the front yard which reads, "Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911." (Star-Telegram)

PETA: These folks need something to do!

PETA has launched its latest effort for animal rights. The organization wants to replace some classic phrases like “bring home the bacon” with more vegan-friendly sayings, like “bring home the bagels.” And according to a researcher from Swansea University in the United Kingdom, the old phrases could indeed be ditched as veganism grows more and more popular.

If you head to PETA’s website, you’ll find an illustrated list of suggested phrases to replace the old ones that they claim “normalize abuse.” Here are some of the cruelty-free sayings:

  • Instead of, “kill two birds with one stone,” you could try, “feed two birds with one scone.”
  • Rather than the “harmful” phrase, “beat a dead horse,” try saying, “feed a fed horse.”
  • Forget, “more than one way to skin a cat,” how about, “more than one way to peel a potato.”
  • Rather than saying, “Let the cat out of the bag,” why don’t you just stick with, “spill the beans.”
  • Instead of, “take the bull by the horns,” try, “take the flower by the thorns.”
  • You could replace, “be the guinea pig” with “be the test tube.”
  • Instead of telling someone to “hold your horses,” you could just say “hold the phone.”

Researcher Shareena Hamzah says that thanks to veganism, the increased awareness around the origin of food could “be reflected in our language and literature.” Plus, she’s down with the new lingo, anyway. “The image of ‘killing two birds with one stone,’ is, if anything, made more powerful by the animal-friendly alternative of ‘feeding two birds with one scone.’”

Source: Metro

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