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Monday, December 07, 2009

The Real Santa

Behold the rather fierce countenance of Santa Claus, aka St. Nicholas of Myra. A facial anthropologist in England, using photographs and x-rays taken of the remains of the saint when they were temporarily exhumed in the '50s from his crypt in Bari, has come up with this recreation of his face. Note the busted nose, more likely the result of torture than brawling according to the official St. Nicholas website. It seems to me however that the heretic Arius, after being knocked upside the head by Nicholas at the Council of Nicaea, might simply have returned the gift from Santa.

(Thanks to GR.)

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