The Sideshow

  • With just over two weeks until Christmas, we interrupt the festive mood with a dark and daunting message from Santa Claus himself.

    “Dear children, regrettably I bring bad tidings,” Santa says in a video posted by the environmental group Greenpeace. “For some time now, melting nice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day to day life intolerable and impossible. And there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”

    After watching the video, it’s clear that political conservatives aren’t the only ones trying to use Christmas to push their respective causes.

    In the video, Santa Claus is played by actor Jim Carter , best known as Mr. Carson on “Downton Abbey,” appear to be sending his emergency broadcast from the confines of a derelict basement, with water dripping from the ceiling. Santa’s clothes appear dirty wet and the camera shifts in and out of focus, with dark, ominous lighting reminiscent of recent horror films such as the “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity” film

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  • Students taking an exam (Thinkstock)

    The "A" is for attractive.

    If you have a symmetrical face. If you have nice teeth. If you can be accurately described as "pretty darn good-looking, all things considered," then good news — you have yet another advantage you might not have known about, according to a recently published study.

    In the report, titled "Physical Attractiveness and the Accumulation of Social and Human Capital in Adolescence and Young Adulthood," sociologist Rachel Gordon explains that good-looking kids get better grades in high school, and she has the data to back it up.

    And the advantages continue into adulthood. As a grownup with a job, a good-looking person is more likely to earn a higher salary.

    The research took into account a national survey of nearly 9,000 high school students from the class of 1994-95. The study followed the students into their 20s and 30s. The interviewers were responsible for rating the students' attractiveness, explains. It's like "Mean Girls" in real life.

    Gordon spoke with

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  • A 6-year-old was suspended from school in Canon City, Colo., after kissing a girl on her hand. School officials said the smooch was sexual harassment, KRDO reports.

    Hunter Yelton reportedly had a crush on a female classmate. So he planted a smooch on her hand as a way to show his affection. A smooth move, no doubt. Unfortunately for Hunter, the school didn't agree. The kiss was seen as a kind of harassment. Hunter was sent to the principal's office and suspended.

    Hunter's mom Jenny Saunders told KRDO that the subject of Hunter's affection was OK with the kiss. Other kids told the music teacher about the sneaky smooch.

    Saunders told KRDO:

    "That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said 'sexual harassment'. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn't need to be met with a six-year-old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex, Mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six-year-old."

    Both mother and son told KRDO that Hunter isn't

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