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Amusing Monday: Water connections to Christmas

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I’m on vacation this week, so I thought I’d offer the “Amusing Monday” from last year at this time. I posted the following on Dec. 24, 2012. It includes a Matt Damon video from the year before and some Christmas riddles from four years ago.
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Last year, actor Matt Damon dressed as Santa Claus and allowed children to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. All the while, he kept trying to convince them that what they really wanted was a stainless-steel or plastic water bottle.

I found the video amusing, but there is a serious message behind his charity, which is raising money to bring clean water to impoverished parts of the world.

After Matt Damon did this video, reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today wrote about his effort and other charitable connections between water and Christmas. It was called “Charities give Christmas gift of water.”

In September of this year, Charlie Rose, the PBS interviewer, conducted an extended conversation with Matt Damon and Gary White, founders of Water.org, with offices in the U.S., India and Kenya.

A totally different connection between water and Christmas was provided by a bunch of water-sports enthusiasts who got together on the Potomac River on Christmas Eve last year to do their thing dressed as Santa, his reindeer and the Grinch. AFP provides the video on YouTube.

Some of you will enjoy this video of a dog who received an unusual Christmas gift. His owners piled up plastic water bottles to form a large triangle on the floor and let the dog go at it. In typical form, the energetic dog quickly demolished the structure and began chewing on one of the bottles.

As an added bonus, I’ve reprieved some silly Christmas riddles from a Water Ways entry posted three years ago. I hope they can bring you a smile. If you know a good Christmas riddle (a clean one, please) feel free to add it in the comment section below.

What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?
Crisp Kringle

What do you have in December that’s not in any other month?
The letter “D”

Where do snowmen go to dance?
A snow ball

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Claustrophobic

What do you call an old snowman?
Water!

Did Rudolph go to a regular school?
No, he was elf-taught

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite!

Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
He had low elf esteem

Why does Scrooge love all of the reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him

What do you call Santa when he has no money?
Saint “Nickel”-less

What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

What happened when the snowgirl broke up with the snowboy ?
She gave him the cold shoulder


Amusing Monday: Matt Damon continues toilet strike

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Hearing reviews about actor Matt Damon’s performance in the upcoming sci-fi thriller “Elysium” reminded me to check on Damon’s progress with water.org, the organization he co-founded to help bring clean water to all parts of the world.

Clean water is a life-and-death issue in many third-world countries. But Damon has strategically avoided preaching to people in his fund-raising campaign for clean water. Instead, he is using humor quite effectively, I think, which is why I found a place for him in Water Ways last Christmas.

Since then, Matt has come out with some new videos, including the one shown on this page that features the Live Prude Girls of YouTube fame.

Following in this humorous vein is his call for a “toilet strike,” in which he pledges not to go to the bathroom until all people have access to clean water. View the “press conference” he held to announce the strike, along with videos of support by 1) Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel and Josh Gad, and 2) Bono, Richard Branson and Olivia Wilde.

Matt Damon also lends his voice to a cartoon, which brings out some of the same issues. After watching these videos, you will know that more people have cell phones than access to clean water, along with other facts that frame the need for action.

Damon talks about World Toilet Day being Nov. 19. I’m not sure if he invented that day or if he plans to do something special for the occasion, but I’ll stay tuned and bring you the latest.

Meanwhile, a profile of Matt Damon by Decca Aitkenhead was published Friday in The Guardian. The article talks about his personal life, his new movie and his approach to charities, including water.org.

As for the accomplishments of water.org, check out the Projects Page to see what the organization has been doing.


Amusing Monday: Water connections to Christmas

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Last year, actor Matt Damon dressed as Santa Claus and allowed children to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. All the while, he kept trying to convince them that what they really wanted was a stainless-steel or plastic water bottle.

I found the video amusing, but there is a serious message behind his charity, which is raising money to bring clean water to impoverished parts of the world.

After Matt Damon did this video, reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today wrote about his effort and other charitable connections between water and Christmas. It was called “Charities give Christmas gift of water.”

In September of this year, Charlie Rose, the PBS interviewer, conducted an extended conversation with Matt Damon and Gary White, founders of Water.org, with offices in the U.S., India and Kenya.

A totally different connection between water and Christmas was provided by a bunch of water-sports enthusiasts who got together on the Potomac River on Christmas Eve last year to do their thing dressed as Santa, his reindeer and the Grinch. AFP provides the video on YouTube.

Some of you will enjoy this video of a dog who received an unusual Christmas gift. His owners piled up plastic water bottles to form a large triangle on the floor and let the dog go at it. In typical form, the energetic dog quickly demolished the structure and began chewing on one of the bottles.

As an added bonus, I’ve reprieved some silly Christmas riddles from a Water Ways entry posted three years ago. I hope they can bring you a smile. If you know a good Christmas riddle (a clean one, please) feel free to add it in the comment section below.

What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?
Crisp Kringle

What do you have in December that’s not in any other month?
The letter “D”

Where do snowmen go to dance?
A snow ball

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Claustrophobic

What do you call an old snowman?
Water!

Did Rudolph go to a regular school?
No, he was elf-taught

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite!

Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
He had low elf esteem

Why does Scrooge love all of the reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him

What do you call Santa when he has no money?
Saint “Nickel”-less

What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

What happened when the snowgirl broke up with the snowboy ?
She gave him the cold shoulder


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