In 2013, before Christmas, more than 250 passengers on Calgary-bound flights were part of a “Christmas miracle” done by WestJet. Santa Claus appeared on life-size screens at boarding gates and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. When the planes landed the gifts were on the baggage carousel.
In 2013, a scientist injected human brain cells into a mouse brain, which improved the mouse’s memory and ability to learn.
Many of the modern holiday standards, including “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Silver and Gold”, and “Run Rudolph Run” were written by a single Jewish American songwriter named Johnny Marks.
In 1951, 650 British soldiers were being overwhelmed by 10,000 Chinese. When an American general asked for a status update, a brigadier responded “things are a bit sticky down there.” No help was sent and almost all of the troops were killed because the general did not get the understatement.
Facebook made about $90 per user in the US and Canada last year.
When Roald Dahl attended school, the nearby Cadbury chocolate factory would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by students. It is believed that this likely inspired him in writing his third children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
7 year old Stella Berndtsson drowned in icy water Dec 23 2010. Her body was found after 3½ hours by a rescue helicopter and was taken to hospital. Her body temperature was 13°C/55.4°F. Despite this the doctors succeeded in saving Stella by warming her slowly. Stella made a remarkable recovery.
Stella still lives with her parents and her younger brother on a small island called Lyr ( Pop. 150) on the west coast of Sweden. She don´t remember anything about her accident and has only got minor issues after her accident. Her short term memory is a bit flawed. She has to take medication for epilepsy. And her legs are a bit weak , but she can ride her horse without any problems.
When she woke up for the first time on Jan 6, she was asked by the nurse if she wanted an popsicle and there was two flavours, cola and strawberry. Stella answered with her first words that she wanted strawberries. Now the family celebrates strawberry day every year Jan 6 by eating strawberry ice-cream.
In addition to Father Christmas, Icelanders are visited by the 13 Yule Lads (including Sausage-Swiper, Spoon-Licker, & Door-Sniffer), as well as their giant pet cat Jólakötturinn, who eats children who don’t receive new clothes for Christmas.
During WW2 the Japanese built a deathray inspired by ideas from Nikola Tesla, the problem was that enemies would have to stand perfectly still for 10 minutes before it would work.
People who look young for their age have a higher life expectancy than those who don’t.