This is a post of an eclectic list of some of the most recent best sites/blogs I've visited on the 'net [IMHO], on being a CRAB, and a book I couldn't resist.
First: The Life a CRAB [or two] in photo form:
Second: The Illustrated Book:
What a fun, fascinating children's book that was first published in 1902. The particular edition I bought was republished in 2009, and I found it on the Christmas Book Display Table at Half Price Bookstore here in town. I bought it for two reasons mainly...the subject, SANTA, and the art work! But, once home, I sat down and read the short story. Through the pages, the author [Wizard of OZ author, L. Frank Braum] regales the life and times of Santa Claus. How he was an abandoned [orphaned] human raised by the forest nymphs, gnomes and wizard of the forest. Growing up, creating toys with the help of the forest creatures, giving away his work to make children thrilled, the reindeer---how they flew through the air, the Christmas Tree origins, the stockings hung by the chimney, the tradition of the one night a year giving....and becoming a Saint.
- "What will you do?" asked the Queen.
- "I will dedicate myself to the children and make them happy...." Claus replied
The Book Cover - Santa [Claus] as a child
The "Reason" of the Christmas Tree & a Royal Princess with a 'dolly' from Santa
Jingle Bells on the Two Front Reindeer & the flying chosen ones!!
Claus working on Toys with helpers & the origin of the Stockings hung by the chimney
...and third: GREAT SITES for a bit of site seeing:
1- The top one I choose 'cause of its wonderful stories. All published by unknowns as far as I know, but if you find yourself wanting to spend a couple hours or so in quiet, this is the place to stop by and read some of the most fascinating, intriguing stories you'll find online!! True stories with a flaired style of novels.
2- This site can bring you to tears with laughter, humor, craziness, or perhaps make you stop and think. Each 'story' [some with photos or videos that'll crack you up] is 22 words or less. i.e. -- the exploding bean bag.
3- If Science and Nature is your 'thing' like I like to experience, then this site is perfect for you. Watch experiments and be awed. For instance a slow motion fire tornado or a galactic light show in an abandoned plane fuselage.
Sploid [brain candy!!]
4- This site is like an online Home Improvement show!! Remember Tim "The Toolman" Taylor and his family in the sit-com? Most have the directions for the DIY'ers. I like this concept. Example: A newly modernized coffee table that converts to a laptop table or a TV dinner tray for two. But, there is everything imaginable if you take time to peruse what's offered. You may get inspired to create your own version of something found here.
5- The last one is a bit more than one site, but all are worthy if you've ever been the 'curious one' in the family. Especially interested in the celebrity of actors, sports stars, even one name wonders!! Here are a few to get you started:
Charo [a native Spaniard who came to fame with music, dancing, comedy in the 1970s]
Her 'real' name? Check it out:
María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten
or a slideshow of real names revealed from Fox Cable [kinda slow loading]