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Old 04-27-2012, 11:00 AM
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What's the deal with angels?

Fascinating! Thanks for doing the research for me.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:22 AM
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:23 AM
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Welcome to the Straight Dope Message Board! To help others who may not have seen the same column, it is customary to provide a link to said column, like this. Again, welcome! I hope you stick around.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:26 AM
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But you didn't answer the question that is in the back of all our minds: How many of them can dance on the head of a pin?
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:45 AM
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But you didn't answer the question that is in the back of all our minds: How many of them can dance on the head of a pin?
All of them, given a large enough pin.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:50 AM
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But you didn't answer the question that is in the back of all our minds: How many of them can dance on the head of a pin?
They can all fit together on a diamond. That's got to count for something.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:38 PM
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Fascinating! Thanks for doing the research for me.
You're very welcome! It was fun to do, frankly.

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Old 04-27-2012, 11:03 PM
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And the Los Angeles Angels should get some kind of heavenly reward for the greatest amount of (bilingual) redundancy in the fewest number of words.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:55 PM
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I just noticed, in the section of the article "Four of the most famous angels":
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Michael saved Daniel's friends from the fiery furnace,...
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In Jewish legend, Gabriel is the angel of judgment, who rained death and destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah, wrestled with Jacob, and later saved Daniel's friends from the fiery furnace.
So, which is it?
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:19 AM
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So, which is it?
Reboots abound in contemporary fiction. Maybe you've discovered the source?
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:51 AM
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They can all fit together on a diamond. That's got to count for something.
Graphene is probably the solution. Graphene can do bloody everything, apparently.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:10 AM
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But you didn't answer the question that is in the back of all our minds: How many of them can dance on the head of a pin?
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All of them, given a large enough pin.
Or if you compress them enough. Letting them expand again is messy, though.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:13 AM
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I just noticed, in the section of the article "Four of the most famous angels":
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Michael saved Daniel's friends from the fiery furnace,...
but later,
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In Jewish legend, Gabriel is the angel of judgment, who rained death and destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah, wrestled with Jacob, and later saved Daniel's friends from the fiery furnace.
So, which is it?
Hmmm. That was a decade ago, and it's not a topic that I continue to read about, so I don't remember. I'll try to look it up and get it corrected, but my initial reaction is that it's probably a diff between Christian and Jewish myths.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:18 PM
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...my initial reaction is that it's probably a diff between Christian and Jewish myths.
Thereís a lot of not-exactly-orthodox Christian speculation that clearly leans in the direction of Michael version, though I couldnít find, by desultory Googling, a clear statement. Iím pretty sure youíre right. (Christian mythology has picked up a sort of halo of bits and pieces of old heresies that, once removed from the central errors they were associated with, werenít bad enough to condemn in themselves.)
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:48 PM
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Hey Dex, you also said

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Angels continued to appear in popular songs ("Teen Angel," say), on wedding invitations, and atop Christmas trees (ask me why sometime).
It's sometime, so why?
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:31 PM
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He could be alluding to a pretty old joke (mildly funny) which I think is his to tell.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:48 AM
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Yes, it's an old joke. It's told best with dramatic voice and gestures and elaboration, but basically has to do with Santa Claus getting ready for Christmas Eve flight.
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First the elves tell him they're on strike for higher wages and lower hours and warmer working conditions; they argue with him for a while and he puts them off for union negotiations after Christmas. Then the reindeer complain how difficult it is to make the trip, getting shot at by Home Defense, landing on all those small rooftops, etc. He stalls them until after Christmas. Then Mrs Claus lands into him, he's never home on Christmas Eve, he slides down all those chimneys at houses with young females, what a louse. He says it's the only day of the year that he's away from home, and promises her a vacation in the Bahamas right after New Years. Frustrated, and dripping with sweat, he turns around and there's a little angel carrying a tree who says, "Santa, where should I put this tree?"
... and that's why there are angels on top of Christmas trees.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:23 PM
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Har har.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:20 PM
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Buy two angels, get one free, but only for a limited time, while supplies last. Not valid in states where owning angels is illegal.
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