Christmas in Iceland is a colorful fusion of religion, fairy tales and folklore. Instead of one Santa, the kids are visited by 13 Yule Lads that either reward children for good behavior or punish them if they were naughty. The holiday period begins 13 days before Christmas and each day one of the 13 Yule Lads comes to houses and fills the shoes that kids leave under the Christmas tree either with sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how that particular child has behaved on the preceding day. The mother of Yule Lads, half-troll, half-beast, horrifying old woman Grýla, kidnaps naughty kids and boils them in her cauldron.
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Factoid of the Week:
Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC for Christmas dinner – the closest food to turkey that you can get in Japan. It’s all thanks to a successful “Kentucky for Christmas!” marketing campaign in 1947. First aimed at foreigners, KFC offered a “Christmas dinner” that contained chicken and wine – a meal that remotely resembled the food expats and tourists had at home. After a huge success, Kentucky Fried Chicken started promoting this offer every year, until the fast food chain became strongly associated with the holiday season.
Car explodes after driver sprays ‘excessive’ amount of air freshener before lighting cigarette
Bearded man robs bank, gifts money, then yells ‘Merry Christmas’
Man has a seven-inch-long glass bottle stuck in his rectum after ‘using it to scratch his itchy backside’
Restaurant tried to hook customers with opium noodles
Words of Wisdom:
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.– Victor Borge