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Friday's Follies and Fun Facts: Jingle Jingle All the Way

Friday, December 11, 2009




Well, as all my bloggy friends try to survive the chill of Old Man Frost, I sit here in Florida, wishing for just a little of the white stuff.  Unfortunately, it was in the 80s twice this week.  So all those mulled ciders, hot cocoas, and holiday libations are not really what you want.  Thus, my holiday spirit is just so-so.  I found a few fun facts with a holiday theme, and some great pics to add to the festivities.

Here is our FL Snowman




 Decorations and Their History:

 Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.  (Ewww...birds are nasty)

Tinsel: In 1610, tinsel was invented in Germany and was made from genuine silver. Machines that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips were invented. However, since silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine over time, people eventually created artificial replacements. It must be noted that the original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.
 (A tree just ain't a tree without the shiny stuff.  Hey, even trees like Bling!)


 Holiday Movie Trivia Facts:
 Danny Kaye was the third choice to play opposite Bing Crosby in the film "White Christmas" (1954). Fred Astaire, who had co-starred with Crosby in the earlier hit "Holiday Inn," was the original choice for Phil Davis, but he turned it down because, at age 55, he felt he was too old for the part. Donald O'Connor was next selected for the sidekick role, but he injured his back and couldn't dance for months. Kaye was quite miffed about being third in line, and also resented playing second banana to Crosby. The atmosphere on the film set was professional, but frosty.

Mrs. Clause's first name is Jessica in the movie "Santa Clause is Coming to Town".

GIFTS BABY
                       

 More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

(Bling! Baby, Bling!)


The first toy product ever advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head. Introduced in 1952, Mr. Potato Head took advantage of TV's explosive growth to gain access to tens of millions of newly "plugged-in" households.
 (Has nothing to do with Christmas, but it's a toy that everyone has gotten from Santa at some point!)

A New Year's Factoid for Ed, Moog, MJenks, Billy and TravyG


In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.  (Ladies do you hear that?  My bloggy friends who say Papa ain't lovin' Mama enough?  Get some red panties and head on down to Cancun!)


October 5th is the most popular birthday in the world, due to New Year's celebrations.

Well, Happy Friday!  Bust out your holiday trivia as you get your spirits on this weekend.

Love!

39 comments:

Mad Woman said...

Ooooh those are awesome factoids. October 5th you say? Interesting! My kids were both born due to celebrations near Halloween ;-)

Alex said...

Just bring on the bling! I think we are both owed some by the man in the red suit!

The Peach Tart said...

Great trivia facts. I didn't know that about Mr. Potato head. Enjoy your weekend.

Aunt Juicebox said...

My sister lives in Florida. My niece always wants to see snow. I keep trying to tell her she ain't missin' much! lol I'd trade 17 degrees for 80 any day of the week. I want to put my presents under a palm tree.

Organic Meatbag said...

You say UNFORTUNATELY it was in the 80's last week???? Tell my frozen ballsack how "unfortunate" those 80 degree days are... that's it, I'm becoming a winter Floridian or Texan...
Or Cancun-ian (???)

Ed Adams said...

Man, there Germans are always coming up with the good stuff.

Like artificial Christmas trees, and tinsel, and Mercedes-Benz, and Porche, and the halocaust, and Big Flammable Blimps.

Corrie Howe said...

Loved the facts. I learned something today. Interesting about October 5th. My two children were born 40 weeks after honeymoon and anniversary.

Shell said...

I'm not missing the snow this year. Everyone around here is "cold" because we aren't getting past 60 today. I have to laugh since it hasn't been that long since our move here, so this is still warm to me!

Daffy said...

I'm totally jumping on the red butt floss trend. Don't know if Cancun is in the budget but I'm willing to crank the furnace, place an ocean sounds cd on and toss sand on the bed...think that will be close enough?

Carol said...

I am going out in the frozen tundra and buying June more than 1 pair of red undies!!

Travis said...

Listen.

Don't tell your reading women to put on red panties and head to Mexico.

Are you TRYING to get them raped??

This is why we say women ask for it....

Wow. That's gonna start a fight.

Moooooog35 said...

Red underwear brings new love?

I'm just looking for a one-night meaningless stand.

What causes that?

Maybe this is a better question for Tiger.

Peterson Family said...

Okay...people give me strange looks when I tell them that I really don't like birds. The Bird Cage at the zoo is my least visited place at the zoo. I think I go in there once every two years! Glad to know I am not the only person who thinks they are nasty!

I love the movie White Christmas but thought Danny Kaye was the weakest part of the whole movie.

Do you think that red underwear thing works everywhere? I am pretty sure that Hubs will give me lots of lovin' if I put on what the chick in the photo is wearing (or not wearing, depending on how you look at it!)!!!!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

Loved the Christmas Trivia! I never had a Mr. Potato Head, but my friends did. Do they still have that toy?

I also loved the trivia about "White Christmas." It was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I loved Danny Kaye in it. Thanks for the insight on the backstage egos. I hadn't heard any of that.

Jessica said...

Maybe I should remind my hubs "More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year." . . . momma needs some glitter this year!

Meeko Fabulous said...

I did the math . . . I was conceived somewhere around Valentines' Day . . . LoL!

Erin said...

I have to say that the weather is one thing I don't miss about New Orleans (I was born & raised there, lived there all my life til 5 years ago). It NEVER felt like the holidays this time of year.

So I feel your pain. Can you turn down your AC a bunch?!!?

Unknown Mami said...

Love the Florida snowman. Love you sense of humor too.

kys said...

Note to self: stay away from red undies.

Cameron said...

I Loved Mr. Potato Head!!!!!
Friend, you outta get yourself a cheap ticket up to the NYC it will put you in a warm fire, flannel jammies, red panties kind of mood pronto :)
Cameron
www.conquerthemonkey.com

Nancy Campbell said...

I know three people born on Oct 5th. And now, I can never look their parents in the eye again...

dana said...

Stop yer bitchin'. I'm totally depressed living in Florida while my family is having thirty degree winds (at 20 mph) blow up their sweatshirts.

Why? Cuz I've gotta go BACK to that white crap!!

Turn up the AC and have some hot cocoa.

Joy said...

Fun stuff! Coincidentally I've got some winter trivia coming up in a couple days. I did not know that about tinsel being made of real silver originally. Love the Florida snowman! LOL

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oh man...laptop or diamonds...laptop...diamonds...this is SO hard!

Maybe if I wear red panties I'll get a diamond covered laptop!!

Carol said...

DAMN! This is one hot looking blog!
LOVE IT!!

blueviolet said...

That is funny about October 5th!

I love the Florida snowman!

drollgirl said...

no snow in l.a. either! but it has been SO COLD lately! and raining cats and dogs all weekend. boo.

Pearl said...

We've got all your snow in Minneapolis. Stop on by and pick it up!

:-)

Off to pick up some red undies...

Pearl

gayle said...

Hope you cool off down there!!

My oldest daughter was born on October...it's cold in NC in January.


Love your new LOOK!!!

Just Another Momma said...

Nice looking blog! Looks great!

ScoMan said...

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm a mid November birthday which must be pretty popular too, what with Valentines day and all.

And when I think of Germany, I think all things tinsel, fun and festivity.

Dual Mom said...

Look at you going all hot n' stuff with the new makeover!!

Love it!

Secretia said...

I returning my boyfriend's red Santa underwear then! He does not need new love next year. I'm his old love, and I'll keep things fresh-ha ha, but why take a chance with those new underpants?

Thanks!

Secretia

MaeRae said...

loving the new look! October 5th, that is interesting. My middle was the week before does that make him a chistmas eve baby?

The Blue Zoo said...

Love the facts! And lovin this new look!!

LiLu said...

October 5! I'm the 16th... can't help but wonder if I was just a little late ;-)

Ann said...

awesome blog...I am going to follow it...

Jennifer G. said...

OMG - TINSEL!!!!!

Kelly said...

I have some shopping to do this week for some red panties. And I have 2 holiday babies, Sept 20th, concieved Christmas and Oct 18th (late baby)