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Glow Facts

27 January 2015
Fear of the dark

Nyctophobia is the term for fear of the dark


Other Glow Facts

Did you know?
Will O the Wisps are balls of light that are seen hovering over swamps at night and look similar to blue lanterns burning. They're caused by burning swamp gases that develop from the breakdown of organic matter in persistently wet areas, and are most definitely not supernatural!

Glow Fact 20 January 2015 16:55:56 GMT


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Not only does artificial lighting leave us feeling sleepy, our cortisol levels drop significantly under artificial or poor lighting conditions too. That means that we’ll be more stressed, and have less ability to stabilize our energy levels. Another good reason to get outside!

Glow Fact 12 January 2015 11:43:25 GMT



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In the 4th Century BC, Plato conceived of an "extramission theory" of sight, where visual perception depends on light that emanates from the eyes and "seizes objects with its rays." Think Cyclops from X-Men and you're there!

Glow Fact 5 January 2015 10:31:39 GMT


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Every year over 20 million pounds of discarded Christmas lights make their way to Shijiao China (near Guangzhou), the World capital for recycling Christmas lights.

Glow Fact 15 December 2014 11:26:28 GMT



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Christmas wreaths traditionally feature five candles, the first four are lit on each Sunday of the advent, whilst the central fifth candle which is pure white and represents Christ is lit on Christmas Eve.

Glow Fact 1 December 2014 11:57:53 GMT


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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.

Glow Fact 17 November 2014 08:35:22 GMT



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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


Did you know?
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