The headline explains all three items, as you'll see. 

You might have heard about the Zombie Nativity. Not in Wadena, but . . . oh, I don't know, somewhere. It made the news. Because of Zombies. The Atlantic examines the matter:

What happens when you cross the newborn baby Jesus with The Walking Dead? Upset neighbors and a whole of of controversy—especially if you’re the couple in Ohio who built a zombie nativity in their front yard. Theirs isn’t even the strangest nativity out there: There are Etsy artisans offering nativities featuring everything from cats to Star Wars characters. There’s a rubber-duck nativity for those want yuletide during their bath time, and even an Irish nativity with three wise men bearing gifts of clover, Guinness, and a pot of gold. The 2003 Christmas film Love Actually famously featured a grade-school nativity play with multiple lobsters, Spider-Man, and a large green octopus—as if pointing out the myriad strange ways the nativity can been reimagined.

The clickbaity title of the piece? "Your Christmas Nativity Scene is a Lie." You have to feel bad for the author, who's a senior columnist for Religious News Service. It's a serious look at nativity iconography, and the cultural factors that influenced its details. The headline conflates "untruth" with "lie," as if there was malicious intent involved in adding cattle to the scene.

ROTF My daughter used to be unnerved when I ended a text with a sentence, because it sounded stern and final. It sounded like I was withholding some information, and we would talk about this when she got home. Eventually she realized I was just using proper punctuation, and she got used to it. But I still feel the same way when my wife uses a period. The jury is out:

This week, a study from the State University of New York Binghamton reported that your texting habits may be getting you into trouble. Celia Klin and her team polled 126 undergraduates from the university and found that students perceived periods in SMS messages to be less “sincere.”

Less sincere? That I don't get. The article in the Daily Dot notes ways you can make your texts seem friendlier and more genuine with certain words, but really, an emoticon helps. A smiling face is a little dab of aloe if you're worried the plain words burned a bit. Do not use lots of exclamation points, though; eventually they'll lose their impact and you'll have to deploy more, just as it is no longer enough to say you're ROTFL. You have to be ROTLFLMAO and add a weepy-laughing emoticon.

It's an odd thing to say, really; no one ever Rolled on The Floor Laughing. No one. But BYHATWCBH, or Banging My Head Against the Wall Convulsed by Hilarity never caught on.

CURSES The Wall Street Journal on the decline of the Red Baron:

Thanks to the new Peanuts movie, in which Snoopy dogfights a scarlet propeller plane, a new generation of Americans is learning to curse the Red Baron. But in Manfred von Richthofen’s home country, where “Die Peanuts—Der Film” opens soon, the fighter pilot is barely remembered.

We're more aware of him today, thanks to pizza. The article notes that Red Baron pizza debuted in 1976. There is no reason for that. It's like naming a schnitzel after a British submariner.

The "Peanuts" movie may revive interest in the Red Baron, but I doubt it. The WWI dogfight sequence in the "Great Pumpkin" Peanuts special is one of those things that mystifies modern children. They've no context for it. Makes no sense. Not funny. When the show first aired, the end of WWI was 48 years in the past. Not an eternity.

It's been 49 years since "Great Pumpkin" debuted.