Fun Fact: What Noel Means in French

Fun facts about Christmas

The song The First Noel from the 18th century is one of the most famous Christmas carols. The word “Noel” actually means “Christmas” in French.

Fun Fact: When South Carolina Had a Five Day Governor

Fun facts about South carolina

In 1915, Lt. Governor Charles Aurelius Smith became Governor of South Carolina, but only for five single days. He performed only ceremonial duties, but he only became governor for a single reason. His predecessor Coleman Blease had resigned so he didn’t have to attend the inauguration of Governor-elect Richard Irvine Manning III. Blease was an ultra-conservative who despised the progressive views of Manning.

Things I Like: Jingle All The Way (1996 Film)

Jingle All The Way 1996 movie poster

Even though it’s goofy and stupid, I liked the movie when I was a kid.

Anakin Skywalker actor Jingle All The Way

The story is about a dad so busy he forgets to buy his son’s most favorite toy from his favorite TV show. I guess he didn’t deserve it since he grew up to become Darth Vader. Seriously, that’s the same kid from The Phantom Menace.

Santa showdown Jingle All The Way

But sith lord or not, he goes out of his way to get a turbo-man “doll”. I remember that term so well. “Action figure” was too hard to Arnie to say I suppose?

Arnold Schwarzenegger Jingle All The Way

But it’s a decent Christmas movie.

Things I Like: Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt (DS)

Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt boxart

Back when I got my Nintendo DS in the Christmas of 2004 (the system’s launch year) Nintendo included a free demo game called Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt since the actual Metroid Prime Hunters would not release until early 2006. It was a bit of a long wait, but it was cool to be given something at the start of a system’s lifetime. They usually never do that until much later on.

Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt

The game pretty much featured a limited-multiplayer mode featuring game-play similar to the Metroid Prime games on Gamecube. It was a bit weird at first, but with the free-range aim on your blaster really gave the game it’s own feel.

Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt Nintendo DS

But being a limited mode with a lack of maps and extra characters does get boring. It was pretty cool to play a 4-player match with your friends, but when everyone is Samus, the fun is short-lived.

Metroid Prime Hunters Nintendo DS

I was glad they took their time with the main game (above) since it had much more depth than it’s demo.