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Gelia's Holiday Humdinger: Fake News or Real?

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Doing our part to fill your holidays with frankincense and mirth.

You must answer all 12 questions to complete the quiz but you don’t have to do them in order. If you want to start with the prime numbers, that’s your call.

1. “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. The song proved so popular over time that people changed the lyrics to fit Christmas.

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It was written with Thanksgiving in mind, but upgraded to Christmas. Maybe it didn’t want to associate with Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song.”

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2. As they orbited the Earth on Dec. 16, 1965, Gemini 6 astronauts reported seeing a UFO that looked a lot like Santa and his reindeer.

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Actually, astronauts have reported seeing strange objects in space on many occasions – Santa Claus included.

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3. Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World” was originally a Christmas song, but their record label asked the band to change the lyrics to broaden the song’s appeal.

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“Joy to the World” is not and never was a Christmas song. However, if you thought “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was a Christmas song, you were right.

4. There is a village in Peru where residents settle grudges with fistfights on Christmas, so they can start the New Year with a clean slate.

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Yes, there’s a place in Peru that makes Black Friday’s shopper-on-shopper violence seem like amateur hour.

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5. All letters addressed to Santa in the United States go to Santa Claus, Indiana.

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This is true. And if you want to reach Larry Bird, he’s in nearby French Lick, Indiana.

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6. Whenever a game falls on Christmas Eve, the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings incorporate green into their usual, red-and-white uniform scheme.

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Actually, this is a practice of the New Jersey Devils. Close, but no Lafleur.

7. Since 1984, Crayola Australia has released special crayon 3-packs in the weeks prior to Christmas, consisting solely of red, white and green.

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This is not real. Australia has a lot of sharks and tons of poisonous snakes but no holiday-themed crayons.

8. Christmas was originally celebrated as an adult form of "trick or treat," but with the "treat" consisting of booze and the threatened "trick" consisting of bodily harm or destruction of property.

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Yes, Christmas and Halloween used to be this weird hybrid. Rumors of Columbus Day’s influence persist.

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9. Throwing snowballs is a misdemeanor in Nova Scotia, except during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

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This is not legit. Though we’ve never been to Nova Scotia, so maybe? But probably not.

10. Mistletoe comes from the German phrase “dung on a twig.”

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Crazier still, in English, the German word “hasselhoff” means “shirtless songman.”

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11. Bicycle manufactured a set of playing cards during World War II that were given to prisoners of war as Christmas gifts. When soaked with water, the cards revealed an escape route.

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Some pretty ingenious thinking by the folks at Bicycle. This would make for a great film – not by Michael Bay.

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12. According to Belgian folklore, Santa Claus’ middle name is Norman.

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If you believed this, we have some land at the North Pole to sell you.

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