OK, let's get this out of the way, this isn't really a 'fact' in the sense that the Santa doesn't really have reindeers and Santa isn't real. However, it's still an interesting fact to learn that all the reindeer we hear about in Christmas lore are probably female.
Why is this? Well, it so happens that most male reindeer drop their antlers by early December. This means that if we go by probabilities, it's more likely that most of Santa's reindeers are female!
This is a pretty smart way to stimulate commerce during the crucial month of December. To prepare for the Christmas season, the Norwegian government halves everyone's income tax by half. The result, of course, is that your paycheck is a little bigger in November.
The point is that if you have a little more money on your bank account come December, you'll be able to buy more Christmas presents for your kids or family. This makes people happier and stimulates the economy. Smart!
The Great Auk was a flightless bird that lived in the north parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It looked very much so like a penguin. It was an important part of many North American cultures, as it was a source of food and also a symbol in their mythology.
The Little Ice Age reduced the population of the Great Auk because polar bears were able to travel further south and ate them. Humans also started systematically slaughtering them for food and for their eggs.
In 1840, the last seen Great Auk in the British Isles was caught and killed. Three men caught him and kept it alive for 3 days. Then, a large storm arose and the people thought the auk was a witch and that it had caused the storm. They beat the auk with a stick and killed it, making the Great Auk the only British bird made extinct in modern times.
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This is kind of a bizarre case but a 65-year-old man started losing his sight when the vodka he drank reacted with his diabetes medication. He regained his vision when he was given some expensive whisky. The man had been drinking some vodka at a party when his vision suddenly went away. He tried to sleep it off but it still hadn't come back by the morning.
When he got to the hospital, they diagnosed him with formaldehyde poisoning, which is associated with drinking methanol; which can be counteracted by ethanol, the kind found in alcoholic beverages. Because they didn't have enough ethanol in the hospital, they went and bought a $55 bottle of whisky and put it straight into his stomach. The man woke up 5 days later with his vision back.