Christmas Facts

Celebrated December 25th in the United States and other countries.

Christmas is celebrated on January 7 in some Eastern Orthodox countries, such as Russia.

The real date of Jesus’ birth is not known.

The Christmas story is told primarily in the Gospels of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew in the New Testament.

Considered the most popular Christian observance, Christmas is also celebrated as a secular family holiday.

The word Christmas is derived from the Old English phrase Cristes maesse (Christ’s mass).

The tradition of substituting X-mas for Christmas has its origins in the early Christian church. The first letter of Jesus Christ’s name is X in the Greek language.

Many of the customs and symbols traditionally associated with Christmas originated with ancient pagan festivals and winter solstice rituals.

The modern Christmas tree (typically evergreen conifers-usually pine, balsam or fir species) originated in Germany in the 16th century and became popular in England by the mid-19th century thanks to Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert.

St. Nicholas, the real person on whom Santa Claus is based, lived in the 4th century AD in the province of Lycia on the southwest coast of Asia Minor.

Cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with creating the current image of Santa Claus based on his illustrations that began appearing in Harpers Weekly in 1863.

Interesting Information About The Human Body

These are some very interesting facts of the human body:
The human male lose about forty hairs in a day and the human women lose seventy hairs in a day.
Humans blood has same amount of salts in it as an ocean has ~ scary
You are in fact taller in the morning than you are at night.
Your heart circulates blood in your body over 1000 times each day.
Your eyelashes last about one-hundred-fifty days and fall out.
There are over five-hundred hairs in your one eyebrow.
Average human body contains approximately one-hundred billion nerve cells.
It is impossible to sneeze with open wide eyes.
Your bones are four times stronger than concrete.
the average life span of a taste bud is only ten days.
You are born without knee caps and they will not appear until you are age of two to six years of age.
Children grow faster in springtime than any other time of the year.
Your eyes stay the same size throughout life but your nose and ears never stop growing.
We born with three-hundred bones but end up with two-hundred-six bones when we are adult.
The human skull is made up of twenty-six different bones.
Human hair is made of same substance as fingernails.
You entire body stops functioning when we sneeze, even your heart beat.
Your tongue is the strongest muscle in human body.
A typical person goes to bathroom six times a day.
Food takes about seven seconds to reach stomach from mouth.
Children have more taste buds than adults – which is why they are so picky (maybe).
A sneeze blows air out of nose at the speed of one-hundred miles per hour.
The largest muscle in your body is the one on which you are sitting on.
Smallest bone of body is in ears.

A Few Interesting Facts

According to the makers of the Stetson, a 10-gallon hat actually holds only about three quarts of liquid.
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Those who study such things say that women are better at identifying smells than men.
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You might be surprised to learn that the first ceiling fan was introduced way back in the 1860s. The lack of electricity was no deterrent; the device was powered by a stream of running water.
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Gravity makes you shorter. It’s true; gravity compresses your spine — in a weightless environment, you would be 2 to 3 inches taller than you are here on Earth.
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When the bubonic plague (“Black Death”) was at its peak in Europe in the 14th century, a wide variety of remedies was prescribed, including smoking tobacco, bringing spiders into the household, inhaling the stench from a latrine, sitting between two large fires, drinking red wine in which new steel had been cooled, and bathing in goat urine.
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In 1994, Singapore banned the importation and sale of chewing gum. Ten years later, lawmakers added a revision: Gum that has “therapeutic value” is now allowed.
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Over the past year in the United States, lottery sales have increased by a whopping $I billion.
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Human skin is about 70 percent water, and the human brain is 80 percent water.
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It was American author and philosopher Eric Hoffer who made the following sage observation: “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”