20 Winter Facts You Can Use To Impress Your Friends… Everyone Loves #11.
Winter is always much longer than we expect it to be, and it doesn't end until March 19 in the Northern Hemisphere. We've still got a few more months. But while it's here, we might as well enjoy it.
Even though holiday music may be a bit played out, we can continue drinking our favorite hot beverages, cuddling in furry blankets with our favorite furry friends, and soaking in fascinating facts and stories like those included in the list below!
Here you'll find a selection of survival stories, world record holders, the price of the world's most expensive meat pie, and much more!
#1. Last year, members of Finland's Reindeer Herders' Association sprayed the antlers of about 400 reindeer with glow-in-the-dark paint to help avoid automobile/livestock collisions.
Reindeer Herder's Association
#2. According to the Guinness World Records, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) was the worst effect of weather in war. Although numbers vary, more than 250,000 troops faced casualties on both the German and Russian sides by early 1943 due to the effects of cold weather -- disease, starvation, exhaustion, and fighting.
The Chicago Tribune Archive
#3. Donald A. Davis of Canada released a tagged male monarch at a park near Brighton, Ontario, on September 10, 1988, and it was found in Austin, Texas, on April 8, 1989. The butterfly was believed to have spent the winter in Mexico due to the harsh winter climate in Texas. This means that it would have had to travel at least 2,880 miles, or possibly even double that!
#4. According to one study, men found photos of women's bodies more attractive in winter months. Researchers believe that this was due to the fact that women's bodies are covered up during this time. What can we say? People want what they can't have.
#5. September 16 is the most common birthday in America, which means that most U.S. babies are conceived in early winter.
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