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... tinsel, chewing gun, a gimlet

by Florence Shea



 Mrs. Claus says goodbye to her husband as he sets off on his
journey in this 1919 postcard




Until the mid-20th century strips of silver were used as tinsel on Christmas
trees. Real silver was used as tinsel for over 300 years. It was rolled out flat
and sliced into strips. It was used over and over again and passed down
through the generations.

Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using
electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new
lights proved safer than the traditional candles.

The custom of singing Christmas Carols is very old – the earliest English
collection was published in 1521.

A baby octopus is about the size of a flea at birth.

You mostly breathe from one nostril at a time.

Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second.

Your hair grows faster in the morning than any other time of day.

In Minnesota it’s against the law to sleep in bed naked.

In Oklahoma City it’s against the law for a prisoner to wear pink bikini
underwear.

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s about
the weight of 6 elephants.

Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old.

The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year.

On Venus, the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.

A space vehicle must move at the rate of at least 7 miles per second to
escape Earth’s gravitational pull.

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen
supply.

The Gimlet was introduced by Sir T. O. Gimlette, a British Naval surgeon at
the turn of the century. He believed that drinking straight gin was unhealthy
and impaired the efficiency of naval officers, so he began diluting it with lime
juice.



December 5, 2014

 
        
            Sources: fun trivia.com; corsinet.com; triviafool.com;
funfunnyfacts.com; qsl.net; alltrivia.net


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