2) For those who're messing around with FreeRice? It seems 1,000 grains = 1 cup. So if you're unsure how much good you're doing, you just gave someone a free (if not scant) meal each time you hit 1,000.
3) On the 24/7 Christmas music station, they had a rather odd version of "Jingle Bells" the other morning. Instrumental, with strings and banjo. The choruses (chori?) were performed by a few orchestral-style violins, while the stanzas were performed by a bluegrass-style fiddle (doing that discordant country-fiddle thing now and again, as if it were inhaling?) Rather nifty sounding, actually.