What the angel REALLY told the shepherds …

Ha! [Read more...]

Here it is: Dave Barry’s Year in Review for 2012

The wait is over.  Barry is back.  He begins:  It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. Example: This year the “reality” show “Jersey Shore,” which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor [Read More...]

Photographer sends out family Christmas card—and he plays every member of the family

I guess someone at the Wall Street Journal got one: Like many of us, Gary He, 28, struggled to choose just one representative portrait of himself for his holiday card. So he used 14. He, a Brooklyn-based photographer, always puts a lot of thought, effort and money into his holiday card. Last year, he riffed [Read More...]

A Christmas classic: the nativity scene of Mr. Bean

‘Tis the season for playing with your creche! Back by popular demand: a Christmas favorite of The Bench, and one that never fails to make me smile. Enjoy. [Read more...]

“I regret to inform you that my wedding to Captain Von Trapp has been cancelled…”

Another side of the story, for those who caught the movie, again, last night, or those who can sing it all in their sleep: Dear friends, family, and Austrian nobility, Captain Von Trapp and I are very sorry to inform you that we no longer plan to wed. We offer our deepest apologies to those [Read More...]

“The Motherhood”: a rap for moms

After this, I guess a rap for mommies was inevitable. But it’s pretty funny — and the British accent just adds a little, I dunno, class. This is an ad for a new car by Fiat. [Read more...]

Archbishop, this is why Catholics use a hammer

Or as one wag put it: “Archbishop gets rid of a crook on his staff!” From Ireland: The Most Reverend Doctor Richard Clarke was striking the West Door of St Patrick’s Cathedral three times as part of the traditional ceremony when his staff snapped in two. However he took the mishap in good humour and [Read More...]

Man + tomato + tin cup + tea pot = genius

The fiendishly clever, and relentlessly inventive illusionist Yann Frisch is seen here doing some wondrous slight of hand.  Enjoy. Feel free to oooh, aaah and cheer. Clapping optional. [Read more...]

When it’s appropriate to clap at Mass: a handy list

Marcel over at Aggie Catholics has a helpful post about applause during liturgy. While it’s frowned upon—the pope is not a fan of it—there are a few instances when it might be acceptable: Clapping is usually done for a human achievement and is not for God. So, it is a misplaced act in most liturgies. There are [Read More...]

Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more...]


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