Just thinking about the Yubari King Melon will set you back some! It’s a cantaloupe hybrid, bred from the Earl’s Favourite and the Burpee (or spicy cantaloupe). People describe its taste as a “perfect blend of sweet and sour.” Some say that it’s “cantaloupe on the front of the tongue, watermelon in the middle, and has long pineapple aftertaste.” However, to say that this taste is a luxury would be an understatement.
An average melon sells for $50 to $100, which isn’t too bad. But the first, perfectly spherical fruits of the year are auctioned off as high as $26,000 each. You can cultivate yourself to save yourself some big bucks, but just remember that you may not call it a Yuari King unless you cultivate it in Yubari.
Ever wonder why exactly there are Santa-sized socks hanging above your fire place this time of year. Keep reading!
The practice of stocking-stuffing can be traced back to the charitable donations of Saint Nicholas in the 4th century. He believed that childhood should be enjoyed, but at a time when boys and girls younger than 10 were working to support their families, this wasn’t the case. He therefore handed out homemade food, clothes, furniture, and even oranges (which were very rare in Lycia where he lived), just to light a few smiles.
According to legend, on one of his first ventures, he came across a girl’s stockings hanging above the fireplace and for some reason decided that it was THE place to put her gifts. From then on in, children would hang up stockings in hopes that Saint Nick would pay them a visit that night.
The mistletoe perches on a tree branch and absorbs nutrients from the trunk. Now, doesn’t that set the romantic, holiday mood?
Throughout mythology, the mistletoe was for more than just awkward kissing. The Greeks believed that Aeaneas, the famous ancestor of the Romans carried a sprig of mistletoe in the form of a golden bough. In Eddic tradition, the mistletoe is thought of as the only thing able to kill the god Baldur. In other non-Christian cultures, it was believed to carry the male essence.
It became used as decoration when people came to believe that it would protect their homes from fire and lightening. It hung all year long, but was replaced by another one each Christmas. It’s unclear how the mistletoe became the silent cue for “have a make-out session,” but according to literature, kissing under the mistletoe was a very popular practice in 16th century England.
Man, those beats will never go out of style. The Christmas Carols that pretty much every contemporary artist has made a “fresh, new” cover of, originated from the first Christmas hymns in the 4th century. While Latin hymns were sung in church for generations, the first true carols developed in France, Germany, and Italy in the 13th century.
They were not specifically written for Christmas, but rather for holidays in general. Later on however, the songs stuck to Christmas and were sung in numerous churches. Carols in protestant churches were much more numerous since the Protestant movement encouraged the arts, especially music.
Nowadays, it’s hard to image Christmas without those carols.
Velcro was invented by Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral in 1948 and has had applications on this planet, and beyond!
Right here on Planet Earth, it has been used to hold together a human heart during the first artificial heart surgery. It’s also used in nuclear power plants and army tanks to hold flashlights to walls. It’s an integral part of the game tag rugby and without it on surfboard leaches surfers would drift off into sea.
NASA however, has stretched the limits of Velcro. Each space shuttle has ten thousand inches of special Velcro made of Teflon loops, polyester hooks, and glass backing. In the nearly weightless conditions of orbit, Velcro is used to keep objects from floating away. And when astronauts get a little itch on their nose, they scratch it on a little patch of Velcro inside their helmet!
It’s safe to say that Velcro is an invention that’s really stuck!