Contrary to popular belief, laying down unsolicited knowledge can impress strangers, make you new friends and turn boring conversations into ones you actually want to be apart of. Eat, drink, and be educated.
- Kissing under mistletoe actually originated with fertility, the hanging sprig is an ancient symbol of virility and therefore anyone standing underneath was signalling that he or she was sexually available. Tis the season for fireside fondling.
- Jingle bells was the first song to be broadcast from outer space in a Christmas themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts.
- in 1901 Roosevelt banned Christmas trees in the white house because he feared that Christmas trees would lead to deforestation.
- The image of Santa Claus flying in a sleigh started in 1819 and was dreamt up by the same author who created the Headless Horseman, Washington Irving.
- Rudolph was conceived by a department store, Montgomery Ward, as a marketing gimmick to get kids to buy holiday colouring books.
- “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
Blow minds. Make friends. Don’t be boring.
Words by Chloe Popove.