12 Facts to Take to Your Holiday Party

Pulse cannot guarantee the accuracy of the entries on this page, but they will make you sound smart at a cocktail party.

North Dakota holds the record for most snow angels made simultaneously in one place.

Pucker up! Kissing under the mistletoe dates back to the 16th century, but the reasoning for it has been lost to history.

The menorah was originally supposed to be placed outside the front door each night. Perhaps because of inclement weather, these days it mostly resides in windows or tabletops during Hanukkah.

The Aztecs first cultivated the poinsettia. They used parts of it for medicinal purposes.

The Lion in Winter is the only film with winter in its title to win an Oscar. Summer has two Oscars, spring one, autumn none.

New Year’s Eve celebrations are more than 4,000 years old. Fireworks are relative newcomers—they date back only to the 7th century.

In the Gregorian calendar system (which is what we use), there are only 14 possible calendar configurations. In 2018, you can recycle your 1810, 1866, 1917, 1945, 1973 and 2001 calendars. The Gregorian calendar was first used in the late 1500s.

Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold as décor.

The United States contains around 61,000 square miles of pavement.

The average strawberry has about 200 seeds on its outside.

All snowflakes have six sides.

Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington are the only Americans to have their birthday observed as a national holiday.