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17 November 2014
Westminster Christmas Tree

Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway during World War II.


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Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.

Glow Fact 12 November 2014 14:13:21 GMT


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It's thought that the word ‘bonfire’ comes from 'bone-fire', from a time when the bodies of witches, heretics and other misfits were burned instead of being buried in holy ground.

Glow Fact 3 November 2014 14:41:10 GMT



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Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

Glow Fact 27 October 2014 11:43:02 GMT


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Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

Glow Fact 20 October 2014 14:29:21 BST



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The full moon that shone on Friday 13th June 2014 was the last full moon to shine on a Friday 13th until 2049!

Glow Fact 14 October 2014 11:19:25 BST


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Lightning bolts travel at speeds of up to 60,000 miles per second

Glow Fact 29 September 2014 08:32:13 BST



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In 1999 Harvard physicist Lene Hon was able to slow down light to 17 metres per second, and in 2001 was able to stop light completely.

Glow Fact 22 September 2014 08:35:09 BST


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The average cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds!

Glow Fact 15 September 2014 08:44:55 BST



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Glass forms when lightning strikes into sandy soil. After a storm you can find strips of glass in the sand!

Glow Fact 8 September 2014 09:09:02 BST


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There is a place in Venezuela where lightning strikes 280 times per hour, 160 nights of the year!

Glow Fact 1 September 2014 08:45:34 BST