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The Incredible Uses For Baking Soda

We use a monthly calendar that tells us of certain holidays and observances throughout the month and it tells us today is Baking Soda Day. Pretty sure you can’t use it as an excuse for taking the day off from work. It’s in recognition of the many benefits and uses of baking soda.

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Happy Anniversary To Radio City Music Hall

It was at the height of the Great Depression when what is still the largest indoor theater in the world opened its doors for the first time and it’s the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of billionaire John D. Rockefeller. His idea was to build a spectacular theater where everyday people could go and enjoy top quality shows.

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Ever Heard Of Boxing Day?

Today is known as Boxing Day, a legal holiday in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other former British Commonwealth countries. It always comes the day after Christmas or on Monday if Christmas falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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National Egg Nog Day

Today is considered national Egg Nog Day. With or without rum – it’s a traditional Christmas drink. Vanilla is a common flavoring, often with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Some other toppings include whipped cream, meringue, cinnamon, ice cream or chocolate shavings.

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Ever Heard Of These Christmas Superstitions?

In Italy, instead of Christmas trees, they decorate small wooden pyramids with fruit.

Ukranians decorate their trees with an artificial spider and matching web. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck. 

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Get Your Songbook Out — It’s “Go Caroling Day”

Heading into the Buffalo Sabres hockey game last night, there was a group of high school students singing Christmas songs, and it was appropriate because today is considered Go Caroling Day.

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NHL First Began Play On This Date

Today is the day in 1917 that what we know today as the National Hockey League began play with two games.

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All Those Tree Ornaments Have A Meaning

So many of the Christmas traditions we observe in this country were brought to this country by European immigrants – the idea of the Christmas tree itself even, and originally they were decorated with candles.

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They Can Remember Every Day Of Their Life — Gift Or Curse?

It’s a condition called Hyperthymesia. It’s a combination of two Ancient Greek words: Hyper meaning “excessive” and thymesis meaning “remembering.” Technically it’s someone who has an extremely detailed autobiographical memory. Basically they can remember every day of their life in almost perfect detail. They can also tell you about public events they may have read about or experienced that day.

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Many People Insist On A Real Christmas Tree Each Year

Even with the bad weather over the weekend, there were a lot of people shopping for Christmas trees. The National Christmas Tree Association says 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year.

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Al Gore and running mate Joseph Lieberman concede the presidential election (Getty Images)
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Gore Defeated By Hanging Chads

It was one of the closest and most disputed presidential elections in U.S. history. It’s when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore back in 2000 when the Supreme Court ruled that Electoral College votes in Florida would be awarded to Bush. For weeks before that, the winner of the election was in doubt as legal battles dragged on over the recounting of votes.

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The Legend of Poinsettias

Today is known as Poinsettia Day, officially declared by an Act of Congress. It’s always on December 12. It’s in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett – the first American ambassador to Mexico appointed by President John Quincy Adams in the 1820s.

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