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December 28 2099

The Daily is down, NOT Cybertown!!! ----Cybertown Virtual News ... CVN is here for our citizens!!!

Welcome to the future: The current year is 2099!

Next celebration December 31:

Thanks twohot, Chase, Purple_Iris, and GreatGodBal for keeping our celebrations page active !


by LadySilverSplash, Cybertown Mayor

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Any more posters? Our thanks, as always, go to our citizens for posting these celebrations.

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End of Year CONTESTS
by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

---Wednesday December 28--- A couple of Early contests for our readers for the new year:

  • 1. What are you doing to celebrate the new year?
  • 2. Will you make any New Years resolutions?
  • 3. Are you watching any NCAA Bowl games?(college football)
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Daily Location Not Working
CVN Moves Temprarily to Alternate

by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

---Tuesday December 27--- We are posting to our alternate site because there appears to be problems uploading to the Cybertown site. This new problem has been reported and isbeing explored. Our original Monday Edition will likely get posted, eventually. Until then, we are providing our faithful readers with an alternate location, that we will post throughout the Cybertown colony and feedback boards.

p> We had ony expected to use this for when Cybertown has an outtage, but plans change. You deserve the news and so here it is!

End of Year Coming
by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

---Tuesday December 27--- Here in Cybertown it means not just the end of the year, but then end of the decade and the end of the century. We move from 2099 to 2100. We will be looking at the changes that have happened, and predicting some of the changes that are coming.Contests for youwill be partof the fun. So bear with us as we continue on despite the challenges of a temporary URL Change.

Season Greetings
From A Cybertown Friend

by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Friday December 23 --- Now it would be telling, if I told you who the friend was. We also send our most sincre warm greetings to this long time contributor and friend of Cybertown. Besides, our Cybertown friend has amessage and gifts for you, so, without too many more words, HERE it is:

The New Year is Coming!
by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Monday December 26 --- Here are our "just in case" alternate sites for the Christmas Edition. These will not be used unless the Cybertown server slips away to the bar again this week:

Daily Alternate:
Weekly News:

Contests for NOW
And the New Year!

by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

--- Monday December 26 --- Where are these web page explanations??? Details on these contests are just a click away! Here ya go:

In our Santa Quiz: ferretlady, deexx, PrettiePaws spiritblue, Magicquest and Pyxidis were all paid 10k for basically viewing the short video of NORAD Santa Tracking.

Ettu_klaatu submitted a 3d Christmas house with help from a friend to earn ONE MILLION CCs. Here's the picture (3 views):

HOUSE OF Ettu_klaatu

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Wednesday December 28 --- Of course it is! I looked up the food holiday for December 28 and should have expected what I got: today is National Fruitcake Day.

It seems like the fruitcake has lost its zest for most people these days. But at one time the fruitcake was a novel way to use preserved fruit and even caused a controversey. Hard to believe when most people joke about using a fruitcake as a doorstop.

But yep. The controversey came about in 1490 when the Pope (Innocent VIII) banned the use of butter in recipes to aid people in fasting. You can't make a fruitcake without butter and German people especially were outraged. No butter equals no stollen! The Pope finally relented in the "Butter Letter" of 1490.

A few years later vast quantities of sugar were identified in America. And a sidebar discovery was a boatload of sugar was a good way to preserve fruit... and great for fruitcake makers!

To participate in National Fruitcake Day, all you have to do is dig out and use up the fruitcakes sent to you by your favourite Aunt Maude or Grandma... and eat them!

To me this is no big deal. I love fruitcakes and have even had them for birthday cakes a time or two. But if you can't stomach the idea of (another) fruitcake, you could always save them up and join in the festivities on the first Saturday of January. That's the scheduled date for the next Great Fruitcake Toss :)

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Tuesday December 27 --- What a mish-mash! Ever wonder why we celebrate both a Winter Solstice AND a New Year? Technically both are new year celebrations. But it's ok if you never wondered. I just did it for you :D

The first thing you have to understand is that every culture, both before and after Christianity, has some form of celebration to greet the winter. In the pagan calendar, a winter solstice marks the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year, born in the light of the returning sun. But it is in the Roman calendar we find the most hints about how our current traditions came into being.

December 24 was the feast of Saturnalia in the Roman Calendar. According to tradition, Saturn is often pictured with a sickle like figures of death. He was the old god who ate his own children to stop them from surpassing him. The only way for light to flourish, for the new god to be born, was to vanquish the old god.

The battle between light and dark is a common feature in many cultures that celebrate winter and the new year around the time of the solstice. Having defeated the old god Saturn, until swept up in the Persian religion of Mithra, the Romans celebrated December 25 as Juvenalia, the celebration of new life, a holiday to honour children.

Once the religion of Mithra was adopted by a majority of Romans, the December 25 celebration was altered. It became the day to celebrate the birth of the god inconquerable, Sol Invictus. The birth of Christ, on the other hand, was originally celebrated in January, usually on the 6th.

The key feature to these celebrations was a celebration of light. Advent and Hanukkah were festivals of light. The twelve days of Christmas, celebrated in song, began originally on December 25th and ended January 6, officially launching the new year.

One tradition of Christianity that has fallen by the wayside was the traditional lighting of the Christmas Candle, at one time a popular custom throughout Great Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia. The eldest female head of household would light a large candle Christmas eve, before the feasting began. It was then lighted each of the 12 days of Christmas. Tradition said the weather on each of the 12 days represented the weather for the upcoming 12 months.

The candle could only be extinguished by tongs. Otherwise, should someone blow out the light of the Christmas Candle, they would blow away all of the luck.

All of these celebrations ended in early January and this seems to be why we celebrate both a solstice and a new year in this time....

But once again, this isn't official. It is only surmise :)

by LadySilverSplash, Cybertown Mayor

Honor Title Application DEADLINE: December 31st

If your Virtday is on or before Dec. 31 & you qualify for this round of honor titles, be sure to APPLY NOW!

Keep watch on the MBs for the Honor Awards Gala date & time in January!

Real World News
by jdb_educator
---Updated Daily 2099--- News links for today and everyday.

BBC (Great Britain):
Guardian (Great Britain)

CVN Movies Feature
by jdb_educator

---Updated Daily 2099---Send us a review, if you go to the movies!

Check the sites below for trailers, stories, and box office results.

You can see what the current cash cow results look like at the box office by clicking: Reviews are also available!

Anyone want to write reviews? One or two lines are enough to present an opinion. What do you go see? Tell us at CVN! To post at the Editor's inbox: . To email him at What are the coming movies that you are waiting for their release? Please use Movies as your subject!

Bowl Month
American College Football

by jdb_educator
For those of us who are college football fans, here is one easy link to keep you up to date on all of the 35 college bowls. In our last look they added a sub-division championship game.

This Day In History?
by jdb_educator
---Updated Daily 2099--- Take a look and find out what happened today, in history, at

Virtual Worlds Greeting
by skye-hook

Happy Holidays to all

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Sunday December 25 --- I am not a Christian. But I object to the attempt to hijack this season and turn it into something non-denominational. Call it what you will, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Yule, this is a time of celebration, a welcoming of the light of the sun in preparation for spring.

If you tell me Merry Christmas, I will recognize in you a good spirit hoping I enjoy the delights of the season. And I will thank you. I will even return the greeting, as I was raised in a culture that has partaken in Christmas for as long as I can remember.

If you wish me seasonal or holiday greetings, I may reply with a hearty Merry Christmas. This isn't an attempt to abuse your sensibilities. I am only recognizing in your greeting a sincere good wish. And I expect you to see mine as the exact same thing.

So, no matter your faith, colour or creed, I wish you all a Merry Christmas. You don't have to reply in kind. But please wish me well as that is all I mean for you on this day :)

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Saturday December 24 --- Wellp, the night has finally come. It is Christmas eve (minus an hour -- it is not quite six). I've just returned from the world of retail and I can tell you, tempers are starting to flare. The kindness people show in this season is giving way to panic as folks continue to seek out that ideal present... while stores are beginning to close.

I can only hope you are least as well off as me, snug in my home with a full belly and love of my pet cat, Audrey. Sure I could choose to go invade the home of my sister. She loves me and would have me in. But she's getting ready to be invaded by her children and I think I will let her finish without distractions.

This isn't to say I couldn't be surrounded by loved ones. I just chose to stay home tonight. After a brief nap, I will come back to see who besides me chooses a Cybertown Christmas Eve.

However if you have already been gathered into the bossom of your family, let me wish you the best Christmas ever... till the next one ;)

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Wednesday December 21 ---Ever been curious about Santa's elves? They DO have a long and interesting history and actually started off life as house gnomes.

Fifteen hundred years ago, gnomes were considered a regular part of Scandinavian life. There were forest gnomes, dune gnomes, farm gnomes and house gnomes. House gnomes are said to be the wisest and it is from their number that the King of Gnomes was chosen.

Gnomes are considered to be realatively benign. While they can be mischevious to those they perceive as naughty, they are generally helpful to good and needy people. Those worried about the mischevious nature of House Gnomes can counter their mischeviousness by leaving out a bowl of porridge to feed them.

Gnomes, of course, are fairies and can also be called elves. Artist Jenny Eugenia Nyström (b. June 1854; d. January 1946) created the Swedish version of Santa by drawing him as a house gnome, thus establishing a link between Santa and Scandinavian gnomes. Nystrom's drawings, which became greeting and Christmas cards, were bolstered by Swedish writers at that same time.

During this period in Sweden, elaborate Christmas festivals again had become the vogue. So stories abounded, like those of Scandinavian story writers such as Thile, Toplius, Rydberg who sketched the elves' true role in modern life: fairies that are somewhat mischievous, but are the true friends and helpers of Father Christmas. It is during this period when the elves began to be referred to as the "Christmas elves", or simply "elves", and not "house gnomes" anymore.

Early on in the mythology people thought the elves lived with Santa at the North Pole. But then folks realized this represented a fundamental error: there are no reindeer at the North Pole. This was perplexing. How could reindeer pull Santa's sleigh if there were none to be found?

Finally, it was realized there was a secret passage, somewhere in Lapland (northern Finland) where reindeer abound, linking Santa's home to a source of reindeer. Did this mean Santa didn't live at the North Pole any more? Some say yes. Santa's home -- a secret known only to Santa, his wife, and helpers -- was in the Korvatunturi mountain on the Finnish-Russian border. But myself, I don't think so.

In 1974, workers at Canada Post in Montreal had such an abundance of mail to Santa Claus, they began to seek out a forwarding address for the "jolly old elf." And they found it.

Letters to Santa can still be sent to him at the North Pole. While the Postal Code is listed, it is nowhere on the map. But you can still reach Santa, if you choose by writing:

Santa Claus,
North Pole, Canada,
H0H 0H0

Something to Note Today
by GreatGodBal, Deputy Mayor

--- Tuesday December 20 ---Rumours about Santa anyone?

I heard last night that Santa's elves were originally dwarves but that in 1962, because of the Coca-Cola Co. (massively trademarked), the literature about Santa was changed and the dwarves became elves. This rumour certainly has an air of truth about it as the so-called "elves" look like dwarves in pictures. So I turned to my favourite debunker of mythology,

In the article I found, I was interested to note that Santa, himself, is an evolutionary being. While he may have started as a reflection of the original St. Nicholas, as many writers as have written about our most popular secular image at Christmas have had a hand in how we see Santa today.

Writers cited by Snopes as having an influence on our image of Santa include Washington Irving, Clement Clarke Moore, historian John Pintard and illustrator Thomas Nast.

As far as Coke's influence goes, Snopes says they, too, have had a hand in how we view Santa. But they only popularized an existing image.

In the article, Snopes cites a New York Times article, published in 1927 (four years before Coke hired Haddon Sundblom for their original Santa ads), as proof:

"A standardized Santa Claus appears to New York children. Height, weight, stature are almost exactly standardized, as are the red garments, the hood and the white whiskers. The pack full of toys, ruddy cheeks and nose, bushy eyebrows and a jolly, paunchy effect are also invevitable parts of the requisite make-up."Now, Snopes says nothing about Santa's helpers. But I did get a line on them which I will publish tomorrow. They are still considered elves by my next source. However, I have only one further comment on the subject:

They STILL look like dwarves to me :p

CyberHood Colony Celebrates Yule 2011...
by CharizardII, CL Cyberhood

---December 9 --- Trivia continues in the Cyberhood (and other colonies too! The Christmas story needs posters. It has been untouched since December 4. Perhaps this weekend will add more to the storyline... Go to yberhood's MB and scroll for " Cyberhood Christmas Round Robin! " posted on December 1. Click on the image below for complete details. Be advised your broswer needs to be logged into Cybertown to see these web pages.

C h a r i z a r d I I
CyberHood Colony Leader
Cybertown Tech CD Group Leader (Ret.)
ePlex Chief Technical Officer (Ret.)
Cybertown Technical Support (Ret.)
Civilization for the Virtual Age
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced."
- Swami Vivekananda


Did you know? Any Cybertown citizen can purchase space in the top frame for things like events & special announcements (b'days, anniversaries, etc.) The current rate is $20 per week, $60 per month.

These are special rates for, NON-commercial ads and as always, all banners must be Founder approved before they can be uploaded. Advertisements for businesses are handled differently at different rates.

IVN/Cybertown thanks Holodoc, ND of Star Trek Hood in Sci-fi, who not only helped in the planning stage is also the creator of the first banner to take advantage of this new option!

This will not affect the cotm (Colony of the Month) banners or any that are already up there.

Interested parties should contact me at


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