Overheard on CNN.com: Readers hungry for 'burgeroids,' Christmas cookies
A twinned rainbow, pictured in foreground, happens rarely, when the primary bow splits in two.
December 9th, 2011
07:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers hungry for 'burgeroids,' Christmas cookies

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Good things abound in this world, and great comments put grins on our faces. In the spirit of the weekend that's coming, here are a few comments from today's news and feature stories that brought smiles to our faces:

1. Seeing double: Researchers find rainbow connection

A twinned rainbow happens when the primary bow splits in two. Scientists have found out more about how this rare event happens by using sophisticated computer science techniques. They say the effect would need regular raindrops as well as larger, hamburger-shaped droplets called "burgeroids." That little detail fueled our commenters' creativity.

RIcky Bobby: "If only those burgeroids were real burgers (i.e. cloudy with a chance of meatballs)! Now THAT would be something! Come on scientists, let's get to work."

Corey: "Now Im hungry for rainbows!!"

2. When classmates let the secret out of the sleigh bag

Santa Claus poses a conundrum for some families. What do you tell the kids? But relax, because we received a comment from Santa Claus himself:

SantaClaus: "As a matter of fact, my legal name is Santa Claus, and I'm a Bishop and Monk, as St. Nicholas was many centuries ago. Perhaps, children should know that Santa is an advocate for millions of children who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized, especially the wards of the states, and believes that the greatest gift one can give is love, not presents. Blessings to all, Santa Claus."

3. It's not the holidays without befana cookies

Continuing the theme of the last item, Italian legend portrays La Befana as a good witch in the style of Santa Claus. Our Eatocracy blog took a look at this tradition, and we saw lots of touching anecdotes.

Nancy: "I totally get the secrecy thing. My Italian mother-in-law (God rest her soul) gave me her ginetti recipe by letting me watch her make them and then made me swear that the only person I could ever pass the recipe on to was my daughter. We have befana visit us on Three Kings Day here. My daughter is 13 but still expects a little something in her shoes. Buon Natale!"

4. What's so addictive about 'Words with Friends'?

CNN took a look at the game that Alec Baldwin couldn't put down, getting him kicked off an American Airlines plane. We saw lots of witty comments and one post from a user writing from a cat's perspective.

32slim32: "It sounds more like Baldwin was playing 'Angry Words.' "

ArtInChicago: "I love my catnip stuffed toybird, but there is a time and place for everything."

5, Boys don’t cry – even when they get snubbed for funky party rockers

CNN's Kat Kinsman writes that "many of us were heard collectively howling into the wind on Wednesday when it was announced that The Cure was passed over for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in favor of the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There were a lot of great comments on this story, so we just picked one we liked. Be sure and read the whole piece.

Mike: "This article makes me wish I'd known you when I was a depressed teenager in the late '80s. The Cure were my lifeline then as well, and I still love them today. I confess I did come to love the Chili Peppers in college, but they don't have the same place in my heart, either. I cannot deny them their place in the Hall of Fame. But Robert Smith and his ragtag bunch of misfits will find their way there eventually, I'm positive of that!"

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)

    @chrissy
    It is truly nice to be able to talk with my friends without all the disruption. I've noticed though, that after 11 or 12 o'clock, they come out like the nocturnal animals, just looking for prey.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)

    @chrissy
    Well, in your endeavor to entertain me, you have exceeded all expectations.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    oh my gosh! I did something right today? Well wonders never cease do they! Lmao j/k so banasy u still awake or did you pass out with that phone in your hand again? And remember you got elected mum duty at xmas u better gear up girl!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    wow i forgot today was the aniversary date of the dpw tunnel explosion in 7l. My father in law barely escaped that methane explosion. I cant believe i forgot.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)

    @chrissy
    What was that about ? I was in Korea at the time, and don't remember it.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    the detroit public water dept was putting in a tunnel from port huron to run fresh water to detroit when there was a methane explosion. 22 men died in that explosion. needless to say the tunnel didnt get completed til l973. my father in law retired then.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)

    Wow that had to be something else. I missed a lot of stuff when I was in the military. When I finally got out, I even had to learn slang again.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Looks like im gonna have to go shoppin again tomorrow and find an old cookie cook book to put in with banasys xmas present i got her. Shes been sick maybe that will help cheer her up poor think. The nyquel musta knocked her out!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    well you sure as hell caught on quick didnt ya? lmao

    December 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)

    Yeah, I remember her saying the other day she was fighting it. I meant to ask her how she felt. That nyquil will knock you down.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)

    Yeah, I becoming a master of languages. I can speak white, black, southern and even a little canadian, aay ?

    December 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    yup it will and i just took a dose myself. workin on that trucks been kickin my ass so im bout to turn in myself. you have urself a swell evening and hopefully well chat tomorrow ok? gnite

    December 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    Re: Rock Hall of Fame inductions. If Rush and Jethro Tull aren't there, the Hall is meaningless.

    December 10, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    @Chrissy , what you doing to the truck?

    December 10, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    BURGERIODS? SOUNDS LIKE PREPERATION H STOCKS ARE GONNA SKY ROCKET!

    December 10, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
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