Thursday, 17 December 2015

Q is for

Quite Interesting* facts about many things Christmasy.

Benjamin Franklin Lightning Experiment 1752
By Currier & Ives, New York
(The Pennsylvania State University, Online)
 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cooking with gas: Benjamin Franklin nearly killed himself in 1750 trying to electrocute a turkey for Christmas dinner.

Is that a kite or a turkey on the end of that string?

Gender confusion: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a girl.

World Santa Claus Congress at Kongens Nytorv 02
By Leif Jørgensen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0
(], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Wales? Wouldn't Lapland be more appropriate: The world's largest gathering of Santa Clauses in Newtown, Wales, in 2004 ended in a mass brawl.

Can't quite see it somehow!

S'no business like snow business: Amongst the traditions associated with Dickens is the ‘White Christmas’. Not a common occurrence in southern England, especially in London, but there happened to be snow every Christmas of the first eight years of Dickens' life, and they're a consistent feature of his stories.

Girl on beach donkey (2883583328)
By whatsthatpicture from Hanwell, London, UK (Girl on beach donkey)
[CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I'm pretty sure there was a weight limit at the seaside!: Until the mid-19th century, Santa Claus always rode a donkey.

*These facts and many more brought to you by QI.


  1. How is Rudolph a girl??? I'm confused....

    1. So is she :/ It's something to do with their size and the fact that they have antlers in December.