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« on: December 17, 2011, 08:49:03 PM »

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(RNS) Deck those halls with boughs of apples and top that tree with a finger puppet of Sir Isaac Newton.
 
At least that’s what Robin Zebrowski does at her home in Beloit, Wis., where she and her husband, Joshua, observe the birthday of the great 17th-century English scientist and mathematician, Dec. 25, 1642. [Newton’s birthday falls on Dec. 25 only by the Julian calendar, which was in use in England at the time of his birth. By the current (Gregorian) calendar, he was actually born on Jan. 4.]
 
They send cards featuring a bust of the great man (inside reads: “Reasons Greetings!”), and exchange gifts that emphasize science and knowledge, including books and other “nerdy” things, Zebrowski said.
 
On Dec. 24, the couple and their two cats leave a plate for Newton’s ghost with an apple and a CD mix.
 
“My husband speculated that if Newton were really taking the place of Santa, he’d probably just rent a Prius, being environmentally conscious and unlucky enough to know that reindeer can’t fly,” said Zebrowski, 36. “Stupid gravity! We make him a mix CD each year to entertain him.”
 
Merry Newtonmas, everyone!
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 09:12:46 PM »

To each their own.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 09:15:42 PM »

To each their own.
True, but funny how they seem to ignore Newton's deep interest in alchemy and biblical prophecy.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011, 09:28:55 PM »

To each their own.
True, but funny how they seem to ignore Newton's deep interest in alchemy and biblical prophecy.

I guess we all can be blind to what we don't want to see.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011, 09:52:11 PM »

"A holiday for the rest of us"...yeah, because Christmas in the USA is such an ultra-religious imposition on you people. It's not primarily an excuse to eat too much and go to the mall. What freaking planet are these people living on? If any of my irreligious friends ever sent me a Newton "Reason's Greetings" card, they would find themselves subscribed to The Watchtower immediately.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2011, 09:57:01 PM »

^^ laugh
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011, 10:12:38 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011, 11:22:40 PM »

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[Newton’s birthday falls on Dec. 25 only by the Julian calendar, which was in use in England at the time of his birth. By the current (Gregorian) calendar, he was actually born on Jan. 4.]

The Gregorian equivalent of the Julian December 25 is January 7, not January 4.

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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2011, 11:44:18 PM »

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[Newton’s birthday falls on Dec. 25 only by the Julian calendar, which was in use in England at the time of his birth. By the current (Gregorian) calendar, he was actually born on Jan. 4.]

The Gregorian equivalent of the Julian December 25 is January 7, not January 4.

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They should have said "Gregorian calendar if accounted for at the time," as at the time when Newton was born, Dec 25 New calendar actually did fall on January 4 OC.  It has only subsequently receded to the 5th, 6th, and 7th in ensuing centuries.   At the end of this century it will be January 8
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 01:27:09 AM »

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God said, "Let Newton Be!", and all was Light" -- Alexander Pope
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2011, 01:41:32 AM »

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[Newton’s birthday falls on Dec. 25 only by the Julian calendar, which was in use in England at the time of his birth. By the current (Gregorian) calendar, he was actually born on Jan. 4.]

The Gregorian equivalent of the Julian December 25 is January 7, not January 4.

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My birthday! (and Elvis).
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2011, 01:43:30 AM »

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(RNS) Deck those halls with boughs of apples and top that tree with a finger puppet of Sir Isaac Newton.
 
At least that’s what Robin Zebrowski does at her home in Beloit, Wis., where she and her husband, Joshua, observe the birthday of the great 17th-century English scientist and mathematician, Dec. 25, 1642. [Newton’s birthday falls on Dec. 25 only by the Julian calendar, which was in use in England at the time of his birth. By the current (Gregorian) calendar, he was actually born on Jan. 4.]
 
They send cards featuring a bust of the great man (inside reads: “Reasons Greetings!”), and exchange gifts that emphasize science and knowledge, including books and other “nerdy” things, Zebrowski said.
 
On Dec. 24, the couple and their two cats leave a plate for Newton’s ghost with an apple and a CD mix.
 
“My husband speculated that if Newton were really taking the place of Santa, he’d probably just rent a Prius, being environmentally conscious and unlucky enough to know that reindeer can’t fly,” said Zebrowski, 36. “Stupid gravity! We make him a mix CD each year to entertain him.”
 
Merry Newtonmas, everyone!

here I thought they were celebrating Jinnah's birthday with the Pakistanis.
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