Merry Christmas

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These little Santa’s are carted to school in cycle rickshaws to celebrate Christmas in Northern India. Christmas is widely celebrated across the nation cutting across religion and culture. The festival also marks the beginning of the annual winter vacation, particularly in the freezing North, which lasts until the middle of January.




No Such Thing as Mermaids


No evidence of mermaids, says US government

Sorry folks, it’s just a costume

There is no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said.

The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures.

It is thought some viewers may have mistaken the programme for a documentary.

“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an online post.

Source: BBC News Read more

We now eagerly await the USA to deny the existence of:

  • Unicorns
  • Santa Claus
  • Easter Bunny
  • Tooth Fairy
  • Monsters that live under the bed
  • Wicked Witch of the West
  • Honest politicians
  • Military Intelligence
  • God



Merry Christmas???

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Who colour-coded Christmas?


Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

Santa’s crimson and fur-lined coat?

Shiny holly leaves and berries?

Colourful poisonous, hallucinogenic mushrooms?

Or medieval paintings in East Anglian churches?

Just how did red, green and white become the conventional colours of Christmas?

Agaricus mushroom

Dr Spike Bucklow from Cambridge University’s Hamilton Kerr Institute is questioning the common belief that the traditional festive shades are a legacy of the Victorians. For the past three years, he has researched the art history of medieval wooden rood screens in churches across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Here – from the bright rainbow palette of the 21st Century Christmas – he travels back in time to present a theory on who might have colour-coded Christmas.

Source: BBC News Watch the video

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