Interesting Facts

Was Saturnalia co opted by the Romans to become Christmas? Could be…

December 14, 2018

It was a public holiday celebrated around December 25th in the family home. A time for feasting, goodwill, generosity to the poor, the exchange of gifts and the decoration of trees. But it wasn’t Christmas. This was Saturnalia, the ancient pagan Roman winter solstice festival. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The origin of the Christmas holiday has […]


A Christmas Carol….But Did You Know

December 13, 2018

 Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ written on December 19, 1843 is 175 years old.  We read it today…celebrate it with Christmas Dinners and Tiny Tim look-alikes.  But did you know…..   Dickens was inspired to write A Christmas Carol in 1843 after he spoke at a charity night to raise money for the Manchester Athenaeum […]


Buffalo Bill won his nickname in a shootout. Read more!

December 12, 2018

William Frederick Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. Cody had documented serviceas a soldier during the Civil War and as Chief of Scouts for the Third Cavalry during the Plains Wars. He claimed to have had many jobs, including as a trapper, bullwhacker, “Fifty-Niner” in Colorado, a Pony Express […]


‘White Christmas’….The Movie….Did You Know

December 11, 2018

 White Christmas the much beloved movie starring Bing Crosby was first aired in the movie theaters in 1954.  Here are a few little know facts about the movie: did you know….the “Sisters” comedy act that Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye perform was not originally in the script. They were clowning around on the set and […]


Possum Or Opossum…A Really Cool Animal

December 10, 2018

 With 50 sharp teeth…more than any mammal in North America and naked tails, possums certainly do look strange, but did you know… The possum’s diet allows them to indulge on snails, slugs and beetles, they are a welcome addition to the garden. Opossums also keep rats and cockroaches at bay by competing with them for […]


Magic Mushrooms MAY Be More Than Magic ….

December 9, 2018

Overcoming years of stigma and governmental restrictions, British scientists showed that the use of psychedelics can create a new field of psychiatric treatments. Scientists from Imperial College London concluded that giving managed doses of psilocybin to subjects who were previously resistant to treatment by common anti-depressants led to “enduring reductions in symptom severity”. Researchers found […]


Coyote….Did You Know?

December 8, 2018

 Did you know coyotes and grey wolves share the same ancestors more than 1 million years ago. Coyotes have been living in North America for about 1 million years from the moment they got their different identity from grey wolves. Coyotes can adjust in all kinds of living conditions as they live in mountains, plains, wilderness, […]


Poinsettias…Mexico…Poison…Christmas

December 7, 2018

Poinsettias are one of the most popular Christmas decorations around, with more than $200 million in sales every holiday season.  But how did this plant from the Mexican countryside become a botanical staple in our season of giving? Who brought it to America? And is there any truth to the belief that munching on one […]


Jack Frost….A Cold Heart For Sure

December 6, 2018

Jack Frost is a personification of frost, ice, snow, sleet, winter, and freezing cold. He is a variant of Old Man Winter who is held responsible for frosty weather, nipping the fingers and toes in such weather, coloring the foliage in autumn, and leaving fern-like patterns on cold windows in winter. Jack Frost is traditionally said […]


Melba Toast And The King Of Chefs

December 5, 2018

The tall chef’s hat is called a “toque.” During the 16th and 17th centuries, toques came in all shapes: berets, stocking caps, and even pointed hats with tassels. During the 18th century the tall hat came into use to show order of importance among the kitchen staff. One of the greatest chefs is Auguste Escoffier […]


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