According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
1907 was the first year that the New Year’s Eve Ball first made its descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Since then, seven versions of the Ball have been designed to bring in the New Year.
And I'm sick to death of that damned ball! I live in CA, not New York! I don't give a fig about that stupid ball.
I'm even more sick and tired of OUR NYE countdown involving a time-delayed re-run of the ball-drop from New York!
It's well past time to establish a LOCAL tradition of our own! San Francisco being the nearest large city, historically known as "the city that knows how," should be able to come up with something!
Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.
Eeeeewwww...gee--thanks for sharing that. LOL
I never have any but the fake kind, anyway, since we have cats, and the stuff is toxic.
President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1901.
The blue whale has an .... "organ" that is 6 feet long!
(Excuuuuse me?? You want to put that where? Says the lady whale.)
The choir boys, ages 9-13, of King's College choristers participate in the live performance of Christmas Eve Nine Lessons and Carols each year. What most people do not know is that the boy chosen to sing the solo is not told until only seconds before it is to be sung during the performance! There are some practical reasons for this fact, but it is still stunning to me.
Listeners can download the 2014 booklet
http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chape … sons.html:
and hear the live BBC Radio 4 broadcast on December 24 at 3pm. (If you fortunate enough to join the queue before 9am at the College you have a good chance of attending the actual performance.) There is also a Christmas Day broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3. (In the USA the American Public Media and its affiliates, as well as others, will be broadcasting the program.)
First held on Christmas Eve in 1918, the BBC began world-wide broadcasting of the service in the 1930s. Some shorter services have been televised with different music and readings. An interesting history can be found at:
http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chape … story.html
The following video is a sample of their music:
In a person with normal physical growth the foot will fit perfectly between the wrist and the elbow, i.e, the foot will sit on the inside of the forearm. Just remembered that my dorm-mates went crazy doing that. It was lame.
Fact: Hot dogs are the best way to get down meds in a dog. Any naysayers? My guy is coming back from a herniated disc and raised liver enzyme levels. Taking lots of meds every day! Switched to turkey hot dogs for less fat.
Every once in a while, there is "that dog," that snoops out meds, and manages to discard them. I had one such. He would fall for it the first time, and then, every time thereafter, was suspicious of such 'treats,' and would either ignore them, or delicately bite them apart to find the pill, and leave it on the floor! He even managed this stunt with a glob of cheese, butter or margarine!
The only way to get a pill into him was the old-fashioned force-the-mouth-open-and-shove-it-down-his-throat method.
You are so right, DzyMsLzzy! When Gizmo really doesn't feel well or suddenly detects that something is in his "treat," he will chew all around it and spit it out! So I try to catch him when he's gone hungry for a bit, so that he will wolf his "treat" down without even noticing the pill inside. I don't think I've ever had to force a pill down his throat, but I have had to resort to that with all my cats! :-)
I found for my dalmatian peanut butter works great for giving the pill. I just hide the pill in a big ball of peanut butter and the pill goes down.
A typical snow crystal is created when a water droplet freezes. It can take up to 100 snow crystals to make a snowflake. The colder the snow, the louder the crunch.
This year is the hundredth anniversary of the Christmas truce. An impromptu truce between British and German forces in ww1 that lasted four days and only stopped when the British rotated their units out. Literally an outbreak of peace!!
And we should never forget it!
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/12/24 … mas-truce/
Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse (first recorded in 1038). The letter “X” in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and “Xmas” has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.
The 22nd Greek letter thought of as an "X' is Chi said as the ch in “Bach” and “Loch ness”
Leonardo da Vinci was accused of sodomy in 1476, but the charges were dropped since the accusation was made anonymously through a letterbox in the town hall and thus had no considerable backing.
The dating of Christmas on 24-5th December goes back to the 2nd century when the writer Tertullian claimed that Christ was conceived and died in the same date which was 24th March 9 months from that is 24th December
Motorhead main man Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister was born on Christmas Eve in 1945.
Prior to forming Motorhead, Lemmy worked as a roadie for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and was also a member of the British "Space Rock" band Hawkwind.
Freddy Cannon's 1962 rock 'n' roll hit "Palisades Park" was written by Chuck Barris, who later created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" before achieving the ultimate TV infamy as the host of "The Gong Show."
If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. (From an internet page entitled 'Random Facts'.)
Despite being the man character of the Zelda franchise, Link's name appears in less than five (I believe?) of the titles for the main Legend of Zelda series.
Bart Simpson's voice actor is a woman - Nancy Cartwright.
The character "Zapp Brannigan" on "Futurama" was created with voice actor Phil Hartman in mind. Unfortunately, Hartman passed away shortly before the series began production. Billy West, who voiced the character in his stead, has said that he tried to make Brannigan's voice reminiscent of Hartman's.
Today, Jan 21, is Big Block of Cheese day, Penguin Awareness day, and National Hug day, as told to me by facebook.
Winston Churchill struggled all his life with Depression. He called it his 'Big black Dog'
Ah, so not an ACTION/Adventure Novel.... ha ha ha haha....
The letters in the Christian hard rock band Stryper's name stand for "Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness."
A new island, off of Tonga (near Australia), was just discovered. Created from an underground volcano only 2 months ago, it's ground (molten lava) is still hot. Experts believe it to be highly hazardous, but natives of Tonga have already explored. There are some amazing photos if you've not seen them. (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03 … _hp_ref=tw)
If you put a mirror in an armadillo cage, the armadillo will commit suicide.
I'm pretty sure he just unlatches the cage and finds the nearest Texas highway.
I think you made that up. I googled it and couldn't find it anywhere.
I could believe it if you'd have said the possum. Those things are so ugly I'd kill myself too.
You are right, possums would have been better.
Someone out there must think they are cute. I have read somewhere that possums and vultures mate for life.
What do you get when you cross a vulture and a possum?
a. A self sustaining food source?
b. The circle of life?
c. The creature of your childhood nightmares?
I was actually thinking of road kill that would clean up after itself.
So angry! I tried to think of a roadkill joke and I couldn't come up with it. Curse you Dr Mark!
Im sorry, but I think my husband would find it an unappealing endeavor for me to undergo. We're all sitting here in the living room being silly.
lol. He thinks all this stuff is weird. He doesn't get it. I have to twist his arm every time i try to involve him. I just made the best quinoa salad. I think Im gonna post a hub about it. Wish Id have taken pics step by step.
Edit: Did it. Yea! It's been a while since I posted a new hub.
Baby bumble bees are white and that by mass they shouldn't scientifically be able to fly.
In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
Which just proves... no matter where you go, human beings are total weirdos.
Is there such a thing as an empirically unprovable fact?
...thoughts are;immaterial;unquantifiable;unobservable,yet they must exist...They are the corner stone of the foundation of metaphysics.From which,we can unlock the secrets of the universe...like...why,on Star Trek,do they have to walk to the transporter room?
From what I read years ago, deer antlers are suppose to be the fastest growing organism.
Did you know that most American car horns sound in the key of "G?"
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame turns 60 (!) years old today... and he's still metal as @#$%
There is a "strong correlation between regular gaming and internet use, and increased risk for depression, higher body mass index (BMI), and other negative physical and mental health issues."
http://healthland.time.com/2009/08/18/p … grown-ups/
Wilma Flintstone's maiden name is "Slaghoople."
Marge Simpson's maiden name is "Bouvier."
Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more ppl than all the wars in history.
Psychopaths typically tend to use a lot of "Uhs" and "Ums" in their speech in order to appear normal.
Uh... that's nuts.
Pleasing in this photograph to see the bride perform a perfectly executed curtsey when presented to Her Majesty the Queen. Surely Frances Canning will live with this moment forever. Royal protocol now is such that it optional to bow/curtsey before the Queen. For males a simple nod of the head will suffice and the ladies need only a slight bob as recognition of the Queen's authority. However i think it quite undiplomatic when foreign heads of state visiting Her Majesty at the palace fail to perform a full bow.
Indeed, a wonderful gesture on the part of the Queen accepting the invitation.
As usual Her Majesty is garbed impecably with the obligatory hat and handbag. The Queen's jewellery a minimum and not too ostentatious for the occasion.
Tomorrow the 21st March is 'Nawroz' The Kurdish and Iranian festival of the new year. I festival that goes right back to at least 600 BCE
You're kidding! Yet Australia has some of the deadliest.
This may have been posted but: Every planet in our solar system can fit (side by side) in between the earth and the moon. That blew my mind!
Rick, you are a very attractive woman with a healthy bosom.
Also, I love great facts about space.
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