Wednesday, January 07, 2015

…cool new year’s facts

heres some cool new years facts you might not know...
ancient history! the first ever recorded new year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient babylonians.
drivers beware!! the two biggest days of the year for car theft are new year's eve and new year's day!  more vehicles are stolen on new year’s day than any other holiday!
go red! in italy, people wear red underwear on new year’s day to bring good luck all year long.
lucky vs yucky foods!  on new years day eat black eyed peas, ham and cabbage. they’ll bring you good luck. don’t eat lobster ‘cause they move backwards or chicken ‘cause they scratch backward and eating them will cause reverse and that's bad luck.
kiss me!…ack! according to old english and german forklore, the first person you come across and how you greet him/her in the new year will set the tone for the next 12 months. so…be sure to give him/her/it a HUGE HUG and a BIG SMOOCHEROO!! and, for couples…if you don’t lock lips at midnight your relationship might not be so bright the rest of the year. ugh!
numero uno!!   the first place on earth to ring in the start of 2015 is the island of kiritimati (aka christmas island) in the pacific. “kukurei boou rikiri!” that’s happy new year in gilbertese, the language of the island.
waaaa it’s past my bedtime! using a baby to signify the new year began in ancient greece around 600 B.C.
watch it!  the most-watched new year's eve broadcast in the world is "dick clark's new year's rockin' eve." it started in 1972 with just a couple cameras and a skeleton crew and still keeps on rocking to this day.
crystal ball!  in 1907 (3 years after the first times square new year’s celebration) fireworks were banned and instead, officials lowered a 700 pound iron and wood ball from a flagpole. today’s ball weighs 11,875 pounds, has 32, 256 led lights and 2,688 crystals.
keep your eye on the ball!  over one billion people worldwide watch the times square ball drop every year.
scare 'em away! noise making and fireworks on new year's eve is believed to have originated in ancient times when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.
the BIG BANG!  dubai holds the record for the world’s largest ever new year’s fireworks display. 479,651 shells were fired off in just six minutes at a rate of almost 80k shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second. the world record was broken within the first minute.
you can do it! well…maybe not.  the most popular new year’s resolution is to lose weight.  sadly, by march, or even before, most everyone has given up. UGH!
…hugs from lenny

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 christmas facts

heres a few COOL CHRISTMAS FACTS you might not know…

faster than a speeding bullet scientists figured out that on christmas eve for santa to deliver gifts all over the world (adding in all the time zones and miles) he’d have to deliver gifts to 823 homes per second. and poor rudolph and the reindeer gang will have to fly 650 miles a second. “Up on the rooftop reindeer pause…” i don’t think so! ha ha.  hmmm…wonder what kinda scientists spend their time figuring this stuff out??

oooh christmas tree… the tallest live christmas tree in america is in a little place called coeur d’alene in idaho. you ready for this??  it’s 161 FEET TALL!! for sure i don’t wanna be the one to climb up and put the star on top.

need some vitamin C?  eat your christmas tree! …at least the needles. they’re a good source of abscorbic acid.

oink!... before turkey, the traditional christmas meal in england was a pig's head and mustard. ooh yum!!! yeech!

let it snow... what to do with all that snow? build a snowman of course! residents of bethel, maine, usa, and surrounding towns did just that. they built a snow woman measuring 122 FEET 1 INCH TALL!!  she’s in the guinness book of world records!!

spaced out christmas song… jingle bells was the first song broadcast from space when gemini 6 astronauts tom stafford and wally schirra sang it on december 16, 1965.

a real hit... the bestselling christmas  single ever is bing crosby's white christmas. its sold over 50 million copies worldwide since 1942.

no way... mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the anglo-saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings. oh yah! for sure that’ll make you wanna stand under the mistletoe. ugh! ha ha.

runny nose... norwegian scientists have hypothesized that rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. new name… rudolph the runny nose reindeer. yep! more scientists at work.

honk!... the germans made the first artificial christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. honk!

go green!...  well…maybe not. ugh! household waste increases by 25 percent between thanksgiving and new year’s day. In the united states. trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.

snail mail… the u. s. postal service delivers 20 billion cards and packages between thanksgiving and christmas eve.

ouch!... an average of 5,800 people end up in the emergency room after suffering injuries from holiday decorating. be careful!!!

boy oh boy!...  hmm...maybe not. most of santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names like, comet, cupid, donner and blitzen. but… male reindeers shed their antlers around christmas, so the reindeer pulling santa’s sleigh are probably females.  …on comette, on cupette, on donna and blitzina…  ha ha!

had enough???  ok!  now all that’s left to do is wish all my blogger friends and their families

                              HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

…hugs from lenny