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13 Great Facts About Christmas Trees

The most celebrated tree has a rich history.

The most celebrated tree has a rich history. In fact, they go way, waaay back. Go check out this fun and interesting list of 13 great facts about Christmas trees.

#1. The evergreen fir tree has been used by pagans and Christians to celebrate winter festivals for the longest time.

It’s not certain when the fir trees were first used as Christmas trees but the closest estimate is around 1000 years ago in Northern Europe, where they were hung upside down from the ceiling.

#2. Aside from fir trees, cherry and Hawthorne plants were also used as Christmas trees. Those who couldn’t afford a plant made use of pyramids made of wood arranged to look like trees and festooned with candles, paper, and apples.

#3. The first recorded use of the tree during Christmas and New Year celebrations was said to be in Taliinn, Estonina in 1441 and Riga, Latvia in 1510. An association of local unmarried merchants, foreigners, and ship owners, which is called the Brotherhood of Blackheads, put up those first trees. The trees were said to be danced around by the brothers and eventually set on fire.

#4. According to historian Balthasar Russow, there’s a tradition in Riga that involves young men going with a flock of maidens and women, first sang and danced there and then set the tree aflame”. There was a small tree in Breman, Germany from 1570 that was decorated with “apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers”.

#5. It was actually 16th century German preacher Martin Luther who was the first person to bring a Christmas tree into a house, just like what we practice today.

According to stories, he was walking through the forest the night before Christmas and saw the stars shining through the branches of the trees. When he got home, he told his children that the scene reminded him of Jesus Christ, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.

#6. The first Christmas trees in Germany were festooned with edible decorations such as apples and gingerbread. Glass makers created the small ornaments that look like the ones that we use today.

#7. It was during the 1830s that the first Christmas trees came to Britain.

In 1841, Prince Albert had a tree installed in Windsor Castle. In 1848, an illustration of “The Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle” was displayed in the Illustrated London News. The publication helped boost the popularity of Christmas trees in the UK and the U.S.

#8. Tinsel was originally used to decorate the trees in Germany until the invention of plastic and man-made tinsel, which are lighter and eases the tree’s load.

#9. In some parts of Ukraine, Poland, and Germany, it’s considered good luck to find a spider or spider web on a Christmas tree.

#10. American telephonist Ralph Morris invented the first electric Christmas lights, which greatly reduced the danger of using fire or candles.

#11. The tallest artificial Christmas tree was 52m (170.6ft) high. Called the Peace Tree, it was covered in green PVC leaves and designed by Grupo Sonae Distribuição Brasil. It was showcased at Moinhos de Vento Park, Porto Alegre, Brazil from 1st December 2001 until 6th January 2002.

#12. 194,672 lights were lit on a Christmas tree by Kiwanis Malmedy / Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010. It is considered the most lights lit at the same time.

#13. Erin Lavoie from the USA holds the record for most Christmas trees chopped down in two minutes.

She chopped 27.

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The Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon: Historical Masterpieces of Kremlin

If you happen to visit Kremlin, do not miss the opportunity to visit these amazing structures!

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It may sound surprising to some people, but bells and cannons are like siblings. Both are made of the same type of metal, and most of the time, the same metal itself. Historical accounts reveal that bells were melted and made into cannons during wars, and cannons were melted and made into bells in times of peace. So, it would not be unusual to find the best specimens of each featured in one place in Moscow, Russia.

Tsar Bell

Measuring at 6 meters in height and 6.6 meters across, and weighing in at approximately 202 tons, the Tsar Bell is considered to be the largest bell in the world. The bell, decorated on the surface with images of baroque angels and saints and almost life-size images of Tsar Alexey and Empress Anna, was never used. There were three attempts at constructing the bell, and each attempt was met by unfortunate events.

The intricately designed Tsar Bell was cast in the 1730s.

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12 Popular Quotes that People Get Wrong All the Time

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” – Abraham Lincoln

Inserting famous quotes into a conversation will usually make you seem smart and well-read, but be careful who you quote! These popular quotes are now commonplace in perfectly filtered Instagram posts. However, if you look into the history and context of these quotes, you might find that their real meaning has been misinterpreted over the years.

1. "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"

This famous quote for "Romeo and Juliet" has been understood as Juliet asking where Romeo is. But "wherefore art" actually mean "why," as in "Why are you a Montague, my family's sworn enemy?"

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The Ancient ‘Cart Tracks’ Of Phrygia Valley Have Puzzled Experts Throughout The Years

Geologists and archaeologists couldn’t agree about the origin and purpose of these mysterious ruts.

Found in the Phrygian Valley of Turkey are some mysterious "cart tracks" of ancient origin. These so-called tracks are, for some reason, cut into the bedrock and are spaced very evenly, as if they were made by cart wheels or some other vehicle.

The ruts itself are pretty deep, with some reaching as much as three feet, and so many experts who studied it are left puzzled over its origin. To add to the dilemma of researchers, it has proved difficult for them to pinpoint the exact date that the tracks were made with some speculating that the ruts were likely made millions of years ago.

So who could have made all these marks and how did they do it?

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