Scholars do not know the exact date of Christ's birth. For more than 300 years, people observed HIS birthday on various dates. In the yearA.D.354, Bishop Liberius of Rome "ORDERED" the people to celebrate on December 25th. He probably chose this date because the people of Rome already observed it as the Feast of Saturn, celebrating the birth of the sun.
In the Christmas carol 'Twelve Days of Christmas,' the total number of gifts that 'my true love gave to me' is 364.
The Christmas holidays are the busiest time in plastic surgeons offices. The average "facelift" will set you back about $4156.00.
Chances of a white Christmas in New York City: 1 in 4.
In Maine, U.S.A, after January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
In Connecticut, U.S.A, only white Christmas lights are allowed for display.
In England, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.
In California, the owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
Oklahoma prohibits wine sales on Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Jesus was a black man. According to descriptions of him, he was "dark-skinned with extremely curly hair". The Roman-Catholic church is currently in dispute over this.
During his Canadian political campaign, Stockwell Day said that he
believes in Santa Claus and is determined to find a scientific reasoning
to prove it.
Also during Stockwell Day's 2000 campaign, he presented a method of holding referendums on political topics such as abortion in which he would only need 500,000 signatures. Since then, his office has received over 1,000,000 signatures asking him to change his name to "Doris Day".
John James Audubon was half-black. He was born by a black servant girl in Haiti and taken back to France by his father, a French sea captain.
At least 1 in 4 of the people in the North American film and music industries are Canadian, despite the fact that the US's population is 10 times that of Canada's.
There is a city in Japan called "USA", just so they can label items made there "Made in USA".
Humans and dolphins are the only two species that have sex for enjoyment.
When dolphins greet each other, they give each other head. Much like humans give handshakes, hugs & kisses.
Who is shorter? Dolly Parton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Stalin or Marquis de Sade? (answer: Dolly, at 5'. Napoleon and Stalin tie for 5'6" and the Marquis was 5'3")
When George Washington became commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary War, he refused the $500/month salary and demanded that they pay him for expenses. They ended up paying him $400,000 (tobacco and liquor aren't cheap afterall, and he put that on his list of expenses).
T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was a sado-masochist.
Joseph Stalin was expelled from a Jesuit Church (Tiflis Theological Seminary) for reading forbidden literature (Charles Darwin).
According to a questionnaire in the 1970s, Richard Nixon is more hated/feared than Dracula. The person at the top of the list of course is Adolf Hitler. Nixon was 3rd.
Politcal Mishap: "The United States has much to offer the third world war." -Ronald Reagan, speaking on 3rd-world countries. He repeated the error 9 times. He obviously had WW3 on his mind.
Political Mishap: "They want the federal government controlling the social security. Like its some kind of federal program. We understand differently though." -George W. Bush, during his recent campaign. He didn't even know that social security ALREADY was a federal program. Spoken like a man who has never been poor.
One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.
Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year from using products made for right handed people.
Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation.
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.
7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem.
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark.
Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones.
There are more gun dealerships is the U.S. than gas stations.
Slugs have 4 noses.
The human body is 90% water.
More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word.
Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lighting than women. This is perhaps because men are also more likely (on the basis of stupidity) to be outside in the middle of a thunderstorm.
More Americans die from choking on a toothpick than by getting hit by lightning.
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.
Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings.
If you are released from prison in Alberta, Canada, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.
In British Columbia, Canada, it is illegal to kill a sasquatch.
In Toronto, Canada, it is illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge St. on a Sunday. Its perfectly legal any other day however.
In Owen Sound, Canada, it is illegal to kiss in public.
In Alabama, U.S.A, it is illegal to exploit bears; penalties.(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful bear exploitation if he or she knowingly does any one of the following: (1) Promotes, engages in, or is employed at a bear wrestling match. (2) Receives money for the admission of another person to a place kept for bear wrestling. (3) Sells, purchases, possesses, or trains a bear for bear wrestling. (4) For purposes of exploitation, subjects a bear to surgical alteration in any form, including, but not limited to, declawing, tooth removal, and severing tendons. (b) Unlawful bear exploitation is a Class B felony and is punishable as provided by law. -Section 13A-12-5 (Passed in 1996)
In Alabama, U.S.A, it is LEGAL to drive the wrong way down a one-way street as long as you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
All polar bears are left handed.
The average American eats at McDonalds 1,811 times in their life.
Ten percent of the Russian government's income comesfrom the sale of vodka.
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
An estimated one in five Americans - some 38 million - don't like sex.
Top Six Reasons For Being Late For Work: 1) traffic. 2) oversleeping. 3) procrastination. 4) Chores. 5) Car Trouble. 6) Having Sex.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The word 'condom' comesfrom Dr. Charles Condom (1630 - 1685).
Every January in a traditional New Years celebration, a sect of Buddhist priests burn all of their decorations to make up for their sins and then takes a torch and sets their crotches on fire.
In Tennessee, U.S.A, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
In Tennessee, U.S.A, more than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel.
In Tennessee, U.S.A, giving and receiving oral sex is still prohibited by law, but perfectly acceptable if you're the president of U.S.A.
In Tennessee, U.S.A, the age of consent is 16, but 12 if the girl is a virgin.
In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school or place of worship.