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Jay Evensen: On second thought...

Published: Monday, Dec. 12 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

This undated handout artist rendering provided by NASA shows Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone -- the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist.

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Just in time for Christmas, technicians at Image Foundry in England have taken the measurements of the original Saint Nicholas of the fourth century and let computers give us an idea of what he looked like. Unfortunately, the image is of a wild-eyed grey-haired man you likely would steer your kids away from at a bus stop.

The real Santa Claus apparently was a good man, but he also was not above getting violent, becoming known as the "battling bishop." Do I sense a new action-hero film just in time for next year's holiday season? ("He's making a list; checking it twice...")

Actually, a fighting Santa might be a great mascot for those Black Friday sales.

Oh sure, everyone complains that Americans ought to have a better vocabulary, but the minute an arrogant, high-powered celebrity tries to play a word game on an airplane, bam! He's kicked off.

After being taken off the plane, Alec Baldwin tweeted to the world that American Airlines flight attendants were like "Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s." If that were true, they would have made him climb off the plane on a rope.

A tag from a lobster pot belonging to a New England fisherman recently washed ashore in Ireland. The tag was swept away in a storm 20 years ago. When it learned that this cross-Atlantic shipping method cost nothing, the U.S. Postal Service reportedly expressed interest in using it.

Faced with bankruptcy, the Postal Service announced last week it will slow delivery and eliminate next-day service for stamped letters. It's a strategy certain to lure people away from the Internet, where delivery often is so fast we send nasty thoughts before we can even think them.

NASA announced last week it has discovered a planet similar to earth outside our solar system. How similar is it? Well, preliminary indications are that only 23 percent of the voters there support Mitt Romney, too.

Republican voters abandoned Herman Cain because of his extra-marital activities and instead jumped to Newt Gingrich, whose extra-marital activities are old news. The lesson here is that the GOP is happy to forgive and forget as long as a candidate confesses and waits a few years. That's good news for the Cain In 2016 campaign.

What Republican voters apparently won't forgive, however, is a candidate whose background includes no infidelities or serious mistakes.

Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.

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