Posts tagged ‘holiday fact’

October 30, 2014

National Candy Corn Day

Candy-Corn

35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  That’s enough candy corn to circle the moon 21 times.

Source: http://www.jwilsononline.com

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October 29, 2014

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The bonfire has long been associated with Halloween and continues to be a common tradition in much of the Halloween celebrating world.

The practice of lighting large fires dates back to roots of Halloween in the festival of Samhain which celebrated the summer’s end and the beginning of the dark season. Samhain also marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. On the eve of Samhain, young people would go from house to house asking for food offerings and kindling for the Samhain fires. The following day, the traditional day of Samhain, November 1st, people would extinguish their hearth fires and gather together to light large fires on sacred hill tops to make offerings to the gods.

Crops and the bones of animals which had been collected were burnt in the fires as offerings. Our modern word, bonfire, comes from the words bone and fire and refers to this practice.

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July 4, 2014

molly pitcher

Molly Pitcher, real name Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly, was sixteen when she married a barber named William Hays. When her husband went to war, Molly went too. In the Battle of Monmouth on July 28, 1778, she carried pitchers of water to the soldiers and got her nickname, Molly Pitcher. When her husband was wounded in the battle of Monmouth, she took over his place at the cannon. After the battle, General Washington found out about her heroic actions. He then named her Sergeant Molly.

Source: http://www.about.com

July 4, 2014

4th july

A 17-year old student designed the flag as it appears today. In anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states, Robert G. Heft created the 50-star flag as part of a history project (for which he received a B-). In August of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Heft’s design over 1,500 other applicants and informed him of the news over the phone. (Heft’s teacher also changed his grade to an A).

Source: http://www.mentalfloss.com

May 11, 2014

mother's day

A staggering 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States.

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May 5, 2014

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Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo.

Source: http://www.hlntv.com

April 22, 2014

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Enough plastic is produced in the United States each year to shrink wrap Texas.

Source: http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com

April 22, 2014

paper

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity.  This is enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.

Source: http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com