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So what did you get?

Only the bizarre stuff pls

     
4:22 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A baldy wig, and an old gits wine set.

Hmmmm.

4:55 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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5:27 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A travel bag from the Mother-in-Law. I wonder if she's trying to tell me something?
5:46 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A book called, "Inside Narnia" from my mother. I told her I went to the movie with my daughter and thought the movie sucked.
6:18 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You sure you want to hear about the bizarre stuff? (couldn't help it ;) )

With us, presents are for the kids. We grownups don't give presents to each other. After all we can buy whatever we need (well, almost). But the kids get presents. Lots.

By the way - anyone know why they package toys so that kids can't get the toy out of the package?

For chrissakes, one automatic police car required a screwdriver just to get it out of the package. A screwdriver! Just to release the car from the package it was in! Of course we didn't bring one, that's just not the thing you bring for Christmas, is it?

Kids just want to tear off the paper, open the package, and get the toy out to play with. And then they package toys like it's Fort Knox or something...

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>> anyone know why

cruel and unusual toy makers ;)

I got star wars monopoly, got a bunch of montreal canadiens stuff and then your standard clothes and things.

6:35 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>> unusual

Nah - not to take this OT, but it was your standard Hasbro (very big toy maker) type toys. Stuff you get at Toys'R'Us and such places. It is really annoying, especially stuff for little kids is often far too hard to get out of the packages.

Nevermind, I'll bring a blowtorch next X-mas. Perhaps lighten up the nearest "my little pony" castle in the process of unpackaging a firetruck. At least that would be bizarre.

7:59 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When I was 15 some long forgotten relative sent a day glo pink pencil case with crayons and colouring in book.

Just what I needed

8:01 pm on Dec 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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No, Claus, you're right. My wife has all sorts of metal cutting tools and saws which I use to get into the packages, but even with the heavy-duty cutting devices, it's still a lot of work. I worry about folks equipped with just a screwdriver.
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This is bizarre, but cool. I got a flashlight that doesn't require batteries. You store up power with a crank that folds up into the handle. Perfect for the car when you seldom need a flashlight, but when you do need one, you really do. And, of course, the batteries are always dead then.

No books this year, which is kind of sad, but quite frankly I didn't give any either. My sister gave us a DVD: Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides. I think that might be bizarre--I'll let you know.

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This is bizarre, but cool. I got a flashlight that doesn't require batteries. You store up power with a crank that folds up into the handle. Perfect for the car when you seldom need a flashlight, but when you do need one, you really do. And, of course, the batteries are always dead then.

Yeah, I'm a fan of those, and also the radios that work by the same technology. Didn't get one for Christmas, though. :(

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My sister got me an Animaniacs cd. I have no idea why. I do like cartoons and I do like that cartoon but not for the music. I guess if I ever need to learn the state capitals it will come in handy. A dvd would have been nice.
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My significant other got me SEO software, I did not have the heart to tell him that it does not work.
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claus, This is my first year with my baby. I had to keep my knife and toolkit handy to open things. Was quite amazing that they make things so "safe" that you need a dangerous object to get it out of the package.

I love my Freeplay Plus radio. Crank and solar power. Has both radio and a light. Just put it in the sun while outside working. Or crank it when the power is out for light and news.

Bizarre gift of my day may be. 5 tubes of toothpaste from my mother-in-law....my favorite all-natural kind but still, kind of strange.

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e. coli
giardia
ulcer
chlamydia

These were small stuffed critters -- giant microbes reproduced at 1 million times their actual size.

4:34 pm on Dec 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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On second thought, no, I can't compete with stuffed germs.

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4:45 pm on Dec 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>>>bunch of montreal canadiens stuff

Kinda like waking up to a lump of coal in the stocking eh?

6:36 pm on Dec 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is bizarre, but cool. I got a flashlight that doesn't require batteries. You store up power with a crank that folds up into the handle. Perfect for the car when you seldom need a flashlight, but when you do need one, you really do. And, of course, the batteries are always dead then.

I bought my son one of them. He goes camping a lot, and always forgets things like batteries.

As for me, I got a reproduction 'Dr Who' scarf, as worn by Tom Baker....

Matt

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>> like waking up to a lump of coal

well the real present was us beatin you last week pmac :)

6:59 pm on Dec 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I got a book of the 500 weirdest websites.

but I empathizewith:

My significant other got me SEO software, I did not have the heart to tell him that it does not work.

They haven't quite understood it have they?

7:44 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, i had mentioned a while ago that I was in need of a camera bag, and was looking around for a good one.

Almost didn't have the heart to tell my mother that the (very nice actually) camera bag she got me was designed to fit a regular "consumer" digital camera, and might-if-i-stretch-it fit the body of my dSLR... but definitely not my lenses :(

And we've always got a few sharp knives, screwdrivers, and heavy blunt objects around, as my family has this strange interest in wrapping all gifts to be
a) misleading/deceptive
b) creative
c) harder'n hell to open

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Star Wars Pez Dispenser Collector's Set.

Not all that bizarre by comparison to some of the previous posts, but it's the best I could come up with.

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Oh, and let's not forget the Star Wars collectable Christmas ornaments. I never put up a Christmas tree, and everyone in my family knows this. So why would I need ornaments for it?
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1:36 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Speaking of Star Wars: Walking out of the cafe this morning, I faced a glorious sunrise of blazing pink and aqua. I met an elderly black woman with a cane (one of those with four legs at the tip) on the sidewalk and I pointed to the sky. She turned around to look and said, "Oh my. That looks like something out of Star Wars."

One of my co-workers noted that Star Wars is like, 25 years old, and an obvious cultural touchstone of her generation.

Still, I thought it was funny.

1:53 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Weirdest: Two ceramic coasters to put in my car's drink holder to keep the plastic from getting wet.

One of my co-workers noted that Star Wars is like, 25 years old, and an obvious cultural touchstone of her generation.

First Star Wars movie released 1977.

Latest in the Star Wars movie series released 2004.

Space Defense Initiative unveiled 1983.

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New smoker here from Brinkmann. I have always gas grilled. A new site I am working on got me into smoking.

Catch 22, remote themometer is still in transit. Can't smoke without one so it is sitting there taunting me.

Take care,

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3:21 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hmm... My hubby and I now no longer have xmas morning without a pair of wire snips (for the wire twists), a pair of nail clippers (for the plastic zips), a screwdriver (for the screwed in and battery cases) and a sharp knife (for everything else).

But that still wasn't enough this year. For one gift my 2-year-old got, I needed my laptop. Elmo-knows-your-name doll, a gift from a well meaning aunt. *sigh* Talk about weird and crule and unusual. Who had the bright idea to create a toy for a child under 5 that needed a parent to install, program and download instructions to it before you could play with it? Plus we still had to turn the thing off at night because while elmo may know my kid's name now (along with a dozen other details that I have yet to see it use), it apparently doesn't pay much attention to time because it would not stop singing even after the programmed in bedtime.

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strangest gift I ever received was an apron printed to look like lederhosen. I am neither German nor a chef.

No weird gifts this year. People are starting to understand my tastes - I was gifted a couple of really good domain names.

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I was gifted a couple of really good domain names. - never thought of that
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Got a cool one from my sis-in-law this year. It's a "global warming" mug. Has the all the countries of the globe on it. When you pour hot water in it, the ice caps melt, the oceans rise 6 feet and it eats away the coastlines around the world. Florida disappears, England is 50% as big, a chunk of Brazil disappears and a third of Europe is submerged as well. Quite cool! :)

Dave.

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[edit reason] Easy enough to find via google without the link [/edit]

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He, I had a mug like that once, except it was all black until you poured in something hot, then a girl with not much clothes on (if any) appeared. Quite fun the first couple of times - sure did raise some eyebrows on my workplace back then *lol*
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