Happy Solstice!

Summer solstice for our friends south of the equator, but up north, it’s the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. This celestial event occurs every year at the peak of the holiday shopping frenzy, as millions of people step out of malls and pronounce the traditional phrase, “Holy crap! The sun’s down already? And I still haven’t found anything for uncle Rupert!” (An alternate theory states that this is caused by millions of children going to bed early to make Christmas morning arrive sooner.)

And remember, you can balance an egg on its point on the winter solstice. Or the vernal equinox. Or any day you like, actually.

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