4103. Fact
A Citreon 2CV with an oil leak once travelled 500 miles through Italy after its gearbox was filled with bananas.

4104. Fact
The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat

4105. Fact
Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world.

4106. Fact
Minnows have teeth located on a bone in their throat

4107. Fact
The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii

4108. Fact
North America was called Turtle Island by the Delaware Indians.

4109. Fact
Octopi change colours when they become frightened. Normally they are a brownish colour, but can change to green or blue when fear sets in

4110. Fact
A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack

4111. Fact
During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, "Red Vineyard at Arles."

4112. Fact
The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding

4113. Fact
The Aztecs of Mexico roasted and ground up the cacao bean, mixed it with water, added peppers and other spices, stirred it up to a froth and drank the pungent mixture they called chocolate.

4114. Fact
In 1917, Margaret Sanger was jailed for one month for establishing the first birth control clinic

4115. Fact
In Scotland, Irn-Bru is a soft drink that is more popular than Coca-Cola. When McDonalds opened in Glasgow and did not sell Irn-Bru, it was considered an insult, and the restaurant was subsequently boycotted.

4116. Fact
It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats

4117. Fact
Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

4118. Fact
Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event

4119. Fact
When potatoes first appeared in Europe in the seventeenth century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and they were blamed for starting outbreaks of leprosy and syphilis. As late as 1720 in America, eating potatoes was believed to shorten a person's life.

4120. Fact
The fastest shark is the Shortfin Mako, which can swim as fast as sixty miles per hour

4121. Fact
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

4122. Fact
The Top 10 grossing movies of the 1990s each earned at least $500 million worldwide and brought in a combined total of over $7 billion.

4123. Fact
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction

4124. Fact
Jacksonville, Florida, has the largest total area of any city in the United States.

4125. Fact
There are dolphins that live in the Amazon River that are the colour pink

4126. Fact
Rice is the chief food for half the people of the world.

4127. Fact
In Ireland, a prime minister is a called a Taoiseach

4128. Fact
Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse

4129. Fact
Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac

4130. Fact
In 1920, 57% of Hollywood movies billed the female star above the leading man. In 1990, only 18% had the leading lady given top billing.

4131. Fact
In 1980, the city of Detroit presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city.

4132. Fact
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill

4133. Fact
In approximately 18 months, the papaya tree can grow to be 20 feet tall

4134. Fact
One of the Bond girls in the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, used to be a man

4135. Fact
There is over 70,000,000 rats in New York, That is an average of about 9 rats per person

4136. Fact
An elephant can smell water 3 miles away.

4137. Fact
When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.

4138. Fact
There is a way of writing 1 by using all ten single-digit numbers at once: 148/296 + 35/70 = 1.

4139. Fact
The largest cultivated crop in the United States is corn

4140. Fact
Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year.

4141. Fact
In an authentic Chinese meal, the last course is soup because it allows the roast duck entree to swim toward digestion.

4142. Fact
98% of houses in the United States have at least one television set

4143. Fact
In Florida it is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.

4144. Fact
There is a 6-foot tall stone monument dedicated to the cartoon character Popeye in Crystal City, TX. .

4145. Fact
On average, Americans spend $1300 on utility bills annually

4146. Fact
Until the time of Michelangelo, many sculptors colored their statues, and most from ancient Greece and Rome at one time had been painted or polychromed. Over the course of years, rain washed the colors off the marble.

4147. Fact
A honey bee travels an estimated 43,000 miles to gather one pound of honey. A pound of honey consists of 29,184 drops.

4148. Fact
In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans every year.

4149. Fact
Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in Japan and China

4150. Fact
The first person to go over Niagara falls was Annie Edson-Taylor. She made the trip in a wooden barrel and survived.

4151. Fact
You can tape a small mirror onto a cone speaker, play music and shine a laser on to the mirror and the reflection will look like a laser light show on your wall.

4152. Fact
250 to 300 million cell phones are being used in the U.S.



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    The History of Christmas Trees

    The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years.Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come.The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia.Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees.It probably started about began 1000 years ago in Northern Europe.Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains (hung from chandeliers lighting hooks).Other early Christmas Trees, across many part of northern europe, were cherry or hawthorn plants (or a branch of the plant) that were put into pots and brought inside, so they would hopefully flower at Christmas time.If you could not afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples and candles.Sometimes there were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.It is possible that the wooden pyramid trees were meant to be like Paradise Trees.These were used in medieval German Mystery or Miracle Plays that were acted out in front of Churches on Christmas Eve.In early church calendars of saints, 24th December was Adam and Eve day.The Paradise Tree represented the Garden of Eden.It was often paraded around the town before the play started, as a way of advertising the play.The plays told Bible stories to people who could not read.

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