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The Weekend Mauling: 12.23.2023

Nice P.J.s, Simpson. Did your mommy buy them for you? Of course she did. Who else would have? All right, Simpson. You win this round.

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Pole Of Beer Cans Erected In Florida Capitol Celebrating Irreverent “Festivus”
Happy Festivus everyone!
Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

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KU arrives in Phoenix with bowl game approaching - KU Sports
“Our team is extremely excited to be here,” head coach Lance Leipold told reporters shortly after touching down. “I think it’s going to be a great experience. Got a great opponent in UNLV that has had an outstanding season, and really excited to take this on.”

Timberlake took full advantage of extended action Friday - KU Sports
There, he hauled in a pass from Harris with his left hand, gathered the ball, and drained a 3 to extend the Jayhawks’ lead to 15 — their eventual final margin of victory Friday night. Then, in a display of newfound confidence from KU’s previously struggling transfer guard, he held the follow-through for just an extra second or two longer.

Career-best scoring by McCullar lifts KU over Yale - KU Sports
“My teammates put me in a position to make plays, the coaching staff drew up plays for me to get downhill and it worked out for me,” McCullar said in his postgame ESPN+ interview.

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IRS is resuming automated collection notices. Here's what to know
However, the agency is waving roughly $1 billion in late-payment penalties for millions of taxpayers with balances under $100,000 from returns filed in 2020 and 2021. The relief is automatic, but late-payment penalties for unpaid balances from 2020 and 2021 will resume April 1, 2024.

Why people still fall for fake news about climate change | Grist
Yet almost 30 years after that warning, during the hottest year on Earth in 125,000 years, people are still arguing that the science is unreliable, or that the threat is real but we shouldn’t do anything about climate change. Conspiracies are thriving online, according to a report by the coalition Climate Action Against Disinformation released last month, in time for the U.N. climate conference in Dubai. Over the past year, posts with the hashtag #climatescam have gotten more likes and retweets on the platform known as X than ones with #climatecrisis or #climateemergency.

Saturday Night Live's 10 best holiday sketches of all time
But not every festive sketch is created equal: Some have transcended from mere merry chuckles to Christmas classics in their own right. Here are 10 hilarious holiday “sketches”—and, yes, before you Grinches descend in the comments, we are using that term loosely to include monologues, Digital Shorts and “Weekend Update” appearances as well—that immediately put us in a festive mood.

Nature haters take their complaints about U.S. national parks online : NPR
CHANG: His favorite comes from a Yelp reviewer about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

AVERILL: (Reading) Absolutely horrible disappointment. There wasn't a single pickleball court in sight.

Gen Z Doesn't Value Higher Education. Colleges Should Be in Freak-Out Mode.
Shaw isn't alone in her attitude toward higher education. Business Insider, in collaboration with YouGov, conducted a survey in July of more than 1,800 Americans across five generations, with more than 600 respondents belonging to Generation Zand above the age of 18.

Is Festivus real? The story behind the 'Seinfeld' holiday on Dec. 23
According to lore, Dan's father invented the holiday for the very same reasons echoed in the sitcom episode: to have a secular occasion void of the consumerism that often characterizes Christmas. The O'Keefe family is thought to have first rang in Festivus in 1966, based on the anniversary of Daniel's first date with his future wife, Deborah.

Patrick Mahomes admits Chiefs players made fun of Travis Kelce at beginning of Taylor Swift romance
“And then he started bringing Taylor around and you realize how cool of a person she was and she is. So for us — I mean, it was a couple of jokes here and there in the beginning — but now, she’s just part of Chiefs Kingdom and she’s part of the team.”