Five More Weird Laws In Sweden

If you sell a flag that has anything painted or written on it you will be fined – In Sweden there is a law that forbids you to paint or write anything on a swedish flag. If you paint paint or write anything on a swedish flag its not considered to be a flag anymore. If you sell a flag that does not “obey” this law you will be fined a 100 krona.

If you release pigs into a acornwood (or a beechnutwood) mutually owned by you and at least one more, and exceeded your quota of allowed pigs, you will have to pay a fine for each each pig to the other owners and to restore any damages caused by the extra pigs.

A prince or princess who marries without the consent of the government, that person forfeits the right of succession for his/her children and all other descendants.

It is legal to be a prostitute provided you do not give customers enjoyment – how does this work? I mean you go to a prostitute to have sex and enjoyment! Otherwise you can just stay at home and use your hand.

During the long hours of winter darkness it is illegal to complain that you wish it were sunny – again, this is just silly and no one is actually getting into trouble over this. I bet everyone in the country will wish at some time or the other during the long winter that it were sunny again!

10 Facts About The Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan malamute became the Alaska state dog in 2010 after a group of school kids championed the effort through the Alaska Legislature as part of a class project. We think it’s a pretty fitting choice. Here are a few things you might not have known about the official dog of Alaska!

  1. The history of the breed dates back a seriously long time. 5,000 years ago the first settlers of North America kept Alaskan malamutes as their companions and as work dogs.
  2. Some relatives of the Alaskan malamute you might recognize are the Samoyed, the Siberian husky and even the Labrador.
  3. If you want one of your own, keep in mind they need daily exercise (they are sled dogs, after all). They don’t bark much, but they are vocal and love to stretch their vocal chords and howl sometimes.
  4. They’re built to withstand cold temperatures, and were historically used in Arctic expeditions. They helped settlers hunt, track, look out for bears and also helped to haul gear across snowy terrain, pulling heavy sleds.
  5. Alaskan malamutes have even been known to act as babysitters, although we wouldn’t recommend this in 2017.
  6. They’re credited with helping to open Alaska up for settlement and development by performing tasks like carrying mail and transporting supplies.
  7. During World War I, 450 Alaskan malamutes were shipped to France to deliver supplies to French army troops isolated in mountain outposts.
  8. During the Gold Rush, these dogs were in extremely high demand as hopeful prospectors used them to haul massive amounts of food and supplies over mountain passes.
  9. Alaskan malamutes were also used in World War II, this time to sniff for mines, carry weapons and act as search-and-rescue dogs.
  10. Endlessly helpful to their human friends, Alaskan malamutes were also a part of the historic 1925 Serum Run.

Santa Cruz Del Islote : The World’s Most Densely Populated Island

It’s the World’s Most Densely Populated Islands

Approximately 600 people live in a two-and-a-half acre area, making Santa Cruz del Islote one of the world’s most densely populated places. More than a century ago, fishermen were said to have built the island on a coral platform before settling there, content with its beautiful location and lack of mosquitoes. Over the years, the families of the original inhabitants grew, and most never left, citing its palpable community spirit and laid-back way of life. The island packs a church, school, shops, and one restaurant into its winding streets and narrow alleys.

Everyone on the Island Is Related

Residents have just six different surnames, a testament to how they are all related to each other by blood or marriage. Homes painted lime green, banana yellow, and sky blue are passed down through generations and there is no room to build more: if a family requires extra space, they construct a second floor. There are no non-native residents living in the island’s approximately 100 homes, where 10 under one roof is not uncommon.

Peace and Quiet: No Crime, Cars, or Motorcycles

There is no police presence on Santa Cruz del Islote and there’s no need for it. On this small island where everyone is acquainted and people look out for one another, nobody locks their doors and no crime has ever been reported. It’s also free of traffic and vehicular noise. There are four main streets on the island, none wide enough for cars or trucks, and since distances are short people walk–or take boats–to get around.

It’s an Island Full of Children

Currently, 65 percent of Santa Cruz del Islote residents are under 18, showing how much parents value this safe environment. Kids play soccer in the tiny amount of open space there is, take boats out to fish, splash in the water, and run under washing lines in their neighborhoods, all under the watchful eyes of adult family and friends. There’s one school on Santa Cruz del Islote that ends at 10th grade; students who wish to pursue further education leave home, but many also return to the island.

Locals are Working to Conserve Sea Turtles

The bounty of the Caribbean Sea has long been the major source of food and income for island residents: a variety of fish, lobster, shrimp… and, at one time, sea turtles. Since islanders have learned of the plight of these protected creatures, there has been a cultural shift. Whereas sea turtles were previously a significant food source, now residents avoid catching them. If they become entangled in fishing nets, there’s a protocol in place: turtles are kept safe until a nearby conservation organization collects them. Not only have islanders taken sea turtles off the menu, they also educate other residents and visitors about the critical need to protect them.

What’s So Special About December 25th? Who Was Born On This Day?

So it;s the 25th of December? Why the fuss? Gifts, decorations and buying, receiving and giving gifts? What’s So Special About December 25th? Who Was Born On This Day? Who celebrates their birthday on this day? Well, lots of people were born on this day. However I took a look on Wikipedia and found these people who I admire :

1642 – Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician (d. 1726/1727)
1924 – Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)
1924 – Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian poet and politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (d. 2018)
1949 – Sissy Spacek, American actress
1952 – CCH Pounder, Guyanese-American actress
1954 – Annie Lennox, Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist
1958 – Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
1971 – Dido, English singer-songwriter
1971 – Justin Trudeau, Canadian educator and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Fun Facts About Beaver Tails

Tasty dollops of gooey dough dropped into hot oil, deep fried to golden deliciousness, then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and served to you warm? That is the Beaver tail! It is said that every nationality has its own version of fried dough. New Orleans has beignets, Spain has churros, Italy has zeppole, Canada has, well, BeaverTails (Queues de Castor in French). A true Canadian culinary treat, they are batches of dough that are stretched by hand to resemble the tail of a beaver. Then these deliciously addictive, traditional whole-wheat pastries are deep-fried in canola oil and served piping hot, drizzled with butter and your choice of toppings.

Fun facts about beaver tails:

  • The Barenaked Ladies change the lyrics of their song If I Had A Million Dollars to If I Had A Million BeaverTails during a music festival.
  • A question about BeaverTails makes it into the Canadian version of Trivial Pursuit.
  • “What is a BeaverTail?” is the answer to a Jeopardy question, the U.S.-television show hosted by Canadian-born Alex Trebek.
  • During an interview with The Globe and Mail, Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams states that his most Canadian trait is his ability to differentiate a BeaverTail from a Tim Hortons Timbit. Now, that’s Canadian.
  • BeaverTails uses 21.1 tons of chocolate hazelnut spread per year. That’s the equivalent weight of five elephants and 12 beavers.
  • Since BeaverTails’ debut in 1978, enough BeaverTails have been sold to make a straight line of tails, end-to-end, from the BeaverTails store in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, to the store in Whistler, British Columbia.
  • Since 1981 more than 8,000 young Canadians have worked at the BeaverTails operations in the Ottawa stores alone.
  • Along with the 80 franchised operations spread across Canada, there are now two stores in Saudi Arabia and two stores in Colorado’s ski country, spreading Canadian pride around the world.

Four Weird & Strict Laws In Monaco

Money rules Monaco : But if you happen to be a local, the Monte Carlo Casino is off-limits. The citizens of Monaco are prohibited from playing here. In fact, you’ll be asked to show your passport at the door. Unlike American gambling locales, Monaco keeps a close watch over her citizens. Despite its current lean towards luxury, the principality has struggled financially over the years.

Cannot be barefoot or shirtless in public : Of the most bizarre laws ever: walking down the street barefoot can get you into serious trouble, as well as walking without a shirt.

Citizenship : There are only two ways to live in Monaco either be extremely rich or be a citizen. For those without a MonĂ©gasque baron the only way to gain citizenship and its benefits including no income tax is to be married to a citizen for 10 years or to request it directly from the prince, but he doesn’t grant it often and how he decides remains something of a mystery.

Travel restrictions : Those who holiday cross-country via camper vans can forget about visiting the wealthy location too. Monaco Police’s Lieutenant Guillaume Deken explained: “Caravans are forbidden driving through or parking in Monaco. “It’s an old law, I don’t know it’s origins.”

And, with 577 police officers – one officer per every seventy inhabitants – offenders will almost always get caught.

Six Frosty Facts About The North Pole

1. The North Pole has no time zone.

Besides visiting explorers, tourists, and researchers, humans do not live at the North Pole. And because there are no permanent settlements, the North Pole has not been assigned a time zone. People at the North Pole can choose to go by any time zone that is convenient. The closest permanently inhabited place is Alert, a military installation 600 miles to the south on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada, and it’s in the Eastern Time Zone.

2. There is no land at the North Pole.

The North Pole has no land mass at all. Instead, it’s made up of huge ice floes, 6 to 10 feet thick, that float on the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Beneath the ice, the water is 13,400 feet deep.

3. At the North Pole, the sun rises and sets just once a year.

At the North Pole, there is only either light or darkness. The sun rises around the spring equinox on March 20 and stays in the sky for a full six months before finally setting around the fall equinox on September 22. Through the winter, the North Pole is dark 24 hours a day until the sun finally begins to reappear in March.

4. Two competing explorers claimed to be first at the North Pole.

In the early 20th century, the North Pole was one of the last places on Earth yet to be “discovered.” That changed in 1909 when, in the same September week, newspapers reported that not one but two explorers had made it to the top of the world. The famous American explorer Robert E. Peary claimed to have reached his destination in April 1909, his eighth attempt. But another American explorer, Frederick E. Cook, came out of nowhere to claim he was first in April 1908, a full year before Peary.

Despite the competing reports, Peary was widely acknowledged as the first at the North Pole until 1988 when, after re-examining his records, the National Geographic Society concluded that he might not have made it to the North Pole after all. Even if he did, it’s likely that his teammates, Matthew Henson and four Inughuit guides Ootah, Seeglo, Egingwah, and Ooqueah, were actually the first to set foot at the pole—because Peary had to ride on a sled due to the loss of eight toes to frostbite.

5. The Soviets established the first research camp at the North Pole.

Unlike in Antarctica, where permanent research stations were established as early as the 1940s, there is no equivalent at the North Pole. The Soviet Union established the first temporary research station there in 1937. Planes dropped four men, including an oceanographer, a meteorologist, and a radio operator, on a 10-foot-thick ice floe in March, and over the next year they studied the Arctic environment. When the expedition concluded in February 1938, rescuers found the station not where they left it, but drifting in the Greenland Sea, 1615 miles away. After several failed rescue attempts, all four researchers were safely evacuated and returned home.

6. The North Pole could be ice-free in summer in less than 30 years.

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe. As the climate crisis deepens, scientists expect that within fewer than three decades, sea ice cover will completely disappear in the summer months unless global emissions can be significantly reduced—and quickly. And because what happens at the North Pole impacts the entire Earth, the seasonal disappearance of ice will likely lead to rising sea levels, more severe weather events, and drastic changes in climate and precipitation on all seven continents.

Seven Fun Facts About Poutine

1. Its name roughly translates to “mess”

The word poutine is widely accepted to originate from the English word pudding (or pouding in French). Since pudding was often used as a way to mix a variety of foods, in Québec, the term poutine became a French-Canadian slang word for mess. Obviously, poutine tastes delicious despite its messy appearance. And when it all comes together, chaos can be a beautiful thing.

2. There are at least three different towns that claim to have invented it

Montreal tour guide Thom Seivewright claims that there are at least three rural towns within a few kilometres of Warwick, QC that claim to have created poutine. “You’ll probably find about a dozen restaurants that all claim that poutine was invented there,” he explains. The most famous origin story comes from Warwick restaurateur Fernand Lachance, who first combined the curds, fries, and gravy at the request of a customer who would order the ingredients separately so he could make the mixture at home.

3. Newfoundland has its own version of poutine

Known as “Newfoundland fries” or “Newfie poutine”, many restaurants in Newfoundland serve fries with dressing and gravy. The dressing, which includes stuffing, peas, and turkey is used in place of the cheese curds.

4. A Quebec restaurant made the world’s largest poutine

In 2019, Les Fromages Warwick, a Quebec establishment beat the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest poutine. It weighed 6,688 pounds.

5. The dish recently made its way into the dictionary

The Merriam-Webster dictionary officially added poutine to its dictionary back in 2014. We’re surprised it took so long.

6. There’s a poutine flavoured soda

The legendary Seattle soda company, Jones, sells a fries and gravy flavoured beverage. Jones introduced the flavour in 2013 after experimenting with the similar turkey and gravy flavour. Despite this revelation there’s a good chance poutine tastes better in solid form.

7. Many Canadians mispronounce it

Despite it being a national dish, ask any Quebecer and they’ll quickly tell you it’s pronounced POOT-IN, not POO-TEEN.

Seven Weird Laws In Trinidad & Tobago

1. It is illegal to own a pet mongoose.

Aww they look so cute and cuddly don’t they? Ever wanted to own a mongoose as a pet? Well just so you know…it’s illegal to own mongooses in Trinidad & Tobago. According to the Mongoose Act (yes that’s right..they have a MONGOOSE Act): (1) No person shall keep or have in his possession any live mongoose. (2) Any person who contravenes this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars.” And you can’t import the cute critters either.

2. Don’t air your dirty laundry.

We’re not talking about your personal secrets – we’re talking about ACTUAL laundry. In Trinidad and Tobago persons cannot put clothes out to dry in the street. If caught it could be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

3. Flying kites in Port of Spain (or any borough) is prohibited :

Did you know flying kites in the city of Port of Spain and any borough in Trinidad and Tobago is actually prohibited? According to section 71 of the Summary Offences Act: is liable to a fine of forty dollars. Police officers can even destroy a kite that a person flies illegally.

4. Don’t roll that hoop!

Hoop rolling, also called hoop trundling, is both a sport and a child’s game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an object wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoop upright for long periods of time, or to do various tricks this simple childhood game is actually illegal to play in the street.

5. Fortune Telling

Reading palms and looking through crystal balls to tell people’s futures? – Well you’re actually breaking the law in T&T. Yep, that’s right; pretending or professing to tell fortunes is actually illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. A person committing any of the offences mentioned below in this section may be deemed an idle and disorderly person, and shall be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars, or to imprisonment for one month any person pretending or professing to tell fortunes.

6. Washing your car in public

Time to wash your car? Just make sure to wash it in your yard and not in a public street. Why? Because washing it in the street can actually get you in trouble with the law. anyone who “makes, repairs, washes, or cleans any vehicle (except in case of accident where repair on the spot is necessary)” in any street is liable to a fine of $200 or imprisonment for up to one month.

7. Camo is a NO NO.

The majority of us know that camouflage clothing is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago but did you know that this law is pretty unique to the Caribbean and most countries around the world do not ban the wearing of camouflage by non-members of the army? In Trinidad and Tobago it is illegal to wear any item of clothing resembling the uniform of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for eighteen months.”

Some Fun Facts About American Thanksgiving

Here are nine fun facts about American Thanksgiving to share.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not quite true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas,  Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.

Some Fun Facts About The Continent Of Antartica

1. Antarctica holds most of the world’s fresh water

An incredible 60-90% of the world’s fresh water is locked in Antarctica’s vast ice sheet. The Antarctic ice sheet is the largest on Earth, covering an incredible 14 million km² (5.4 million square miles) of Antarctic mountain ranges, valleys and plateaus. This leaves only 1% of Antarctica permanently ice-free. Some areas are ice-free in the summer, including many of the areas we visit on the Antarctic Peninsula. At its deepest, Antarctica’s ice is 4.5km (2.7 miles) thick – that’s half the height of Mt Everest! If it all melted, global sea levels would rise about 60 m (200 ft).

2. Antarctica is a desert

With all of that fresh water held in the ice sheet, how could Antarctica be a desert? When most of us think of deserts we think of sand dunes and sizzling temperatures, but technically a desert doesn’t have to be hot or sandy, it’s more about how much precipitation the area receives as rain, snow, mist or fog. A desert is any region that receives very little annual precipitation. The average annual rainfall at the South Pole over the past 30 years was just over 10 mm (0.4 in). Although there is more precipitation towards the coast, the average across the continent is low enough to classify Antarctica as a polar desert.

3. Antarctica used to be as warm as Melbourne

Given that thecoldest ever land temperature was recorded in Antarctica of -89.2°C (-128.6°F), it can be hard to imagine Antarctica as a warm, temperate paradise. But Antarctica hasn’t always been an icy land locked in the grip of a massive ice sheet. In fact, Antarctica was once almost as warm as Melbourne is today. Researchers have estimated that 40-50 million years ago, temperatures across Antarctica reached up to 17°C (62.6°F). Scientists have also found fossils showing that Antarctica was once covered with verdant green forests and inhabited by dinosaurs!

4. There is no Antarctic time zone

The question of time in Antarctica is a tricky one. At the South Pole the lines of longitude, which give us different time zones around the globe, all meet at a single point. Most of Antarctica experiences 6 months of constant daylight in summer and 6 months of darkness in winter. Time starts to feel a little different without the normal markers for day and night.

Scientists working in Antarctica generally stay in the time zone of the country they departed from, but this can cause some issues. For example, on the Antarctic Peninsula you can find stations from Chile, China, Russia, the UK and many other countries. You can imagine that if all of these neighbouring stations, keep to their home time zones it could get a little confusing trying to share data and resources without accidentally waking one another up in the middle of the night!

5. Every way is north!

If you stand at the South Pole, you are at the southernmost point on Earth. It doesn’t matter which way you look, every direction is north. So why do we talk about the Antarctic Peninsula as being in West Antarctica, and the section directly south of Australia as East Antarctica? It’s based on the prime meridian, an imaginary line which passes through Greenwich in the UK at 0 degrees of longitude. If you stand at the South Pole and face towards Greenwich, everything to your left is west Antarctica and everything to your right is east Antarctica.

6. Antarctica has active volcanoes

Antarctica is home to several volcanoes and two of them are active. Mount Erebus, the second-highest volcano in Antarctica is the southernmost active volcano on Earth. Located on Ross Island, this icebound volcano has some unique features such as ice fumaroles and twisted ice statues that form around gases that seep from vents near the volcanic crater. The first ascent of Mt Erebus was made in 1908, when a team led by Australian scientist Edgeworth David, and including Douglas Mawson, completed an arduous and very chilly five day climb to the steaming crater.

The second active volcano is on Deception Island, a volcanic caldera in the South Shetland Islands. Once home to a thriving whaling station and later a scientific station, it was abandoned after the most recent eruption in 1969, and today it is a fascinating place that we visit on some of our Antarctic Peninsula voyages.

7. There’s a subglacial lake that flows blood red

In 1911 on a remote glacier in East Antarctica, a strange phenomenon was observed. The lily white ice of the Taylor Glacier was being stained a deep red by water flowing from deep within the glacier. For many years the source of the red colour remained a mystery, but in 2017 scientists announced that they had discovered the cause. The water flowing from within the glacier was from a subglacial lake high in salt and oxidised iron, and when it came into contact with oxygen the iron rusted, giving the water its striking red shade, and its name: Blood Falls.

5 Facts About Guy Fawkes Day

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Across Great Britain people celebrate Guy Fawkes Night with bonfires and fireworks. Centuries after his failed attempt to blow up the British Parliament, Fawkes’s image remains prevalent in popular culture, thanks to films like V for Vendetta (2005).

1. Guy Fawkes was a clandestine Catholic.

Why is Guy Fawkes important? Guy (also known as Guido) Fawkes was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1570. He was raised by a Protestant family, but secretly converted to Catholicism as a young man. When he was 21, he went to fight alongside the Spanish Catholics in Flanders. During the fighting, he became an expert on explosives. This, alongside his fanatic Catholicism, is what got him recruited to the Gunpowder Plot.

2. Guy Fawkes played a key role in the Gunpowder Plot.

England became a Protestant country after the Reformation. As such, Catholics were persecuted and forced to practice their religion in secret. A wealthy Catholic named Robert Catesby decided the only solution to this discrimination was to overthrow King James I and his government. He recruited a number of other Catholics, including Fawkes, and together they plotted to plant gunpowder under the British Houses of Parliament and blow it sky-high.

The conspirators rented a cellar underneath the Houses of Parliament. Disguised as a servant named John Johnson, Fawkes began filling it with barrels of gunpowder. Once the explosives were in place and Parliament was confirmed to be sitting, ensuring the House of Commons would be full of MPs, the date for ignition was set: November 5, 1605.

3. An anonymous letter foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

Everything was going according to plan, until one of the conspirators decided to write an anonymous letter to a Catholic member of Parliament, Lord Monteagle, warning him to stay away from the Houses of Parliament on the night of November 5. Monteagle, sensing danger, showed the letter to the King, who ordered the area to be immediately searched. Thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were discovered hidden beneath piles of firewood in a storeroom below the House of Lords. Fawkes, found at the scene while armed with long fuses and dressed for his escape, was arrested.

4. Guy Fawkes was sentenced to death for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.

After his capture, Fawkes was sent to the infamous Tower of London, where he was tortured until he confessed and gave the names of his fellow conspirators. Soldiers were soon dispatched to Staffordshire to apprehend Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot. Catesby and his two compatriots died in a gunfight while attempting to combat the approaching soldiers.

Fawkes, meanwhile, was sentenced to death. Treason carried the harshest punishment, and he was to be hung, drawn, and quartered. On the day of his execution—January 31, 1606—Fawkes managed to wrestle free from the soldiers guarding him and jumped (or fell) from the gallows, fatally breaking his neck. The executioners were not going to let him escape his full punishment: They cut his dead body into quarters, then set the pieces of his corpse to the four corners of the kingdom as a warning to others.

5. The first Guy Fawkes Night was celebrated on November 5, 1606.

The day of the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot was decreed a day of celebration—after the attack was prevented, people lit bonfires to toast the King’s safety. November 5 was declared a day of thanksgiving, and the first official celebration took place exactly a year after the failed Gunpowder Plot, on November 5, 1606. People across Britain gathered around bonfires and burned effigies of Fawkes.

The festivities developed over the years. It became customary for children to make a life-sized dummy of Fawkes, which they would take around their neighborhood in a wheelbarrow while asking for a “penny for the Guy” to collect money to buy fireworks. Huge bonfires were built in every village and town, and a Fawkes dummy would be placed on top and set alight. The traditional brightly colored firework displays represent the explosives that were meant to ignite under the Houses of Parliament.

10 Rules For Kids Going Trick Or Treating On Halloween

Obey the Halloween code. This means only go to houses that are well lit and look like a Halloween friendly home. Try not to disturb anyone after 8 or 9 pm. And never go to a dark house – the code for any more trick-or-treating!

Respect personal property. Use the right path to the house and don’t jump through bushes and landscape to get to the door.

Only knock or ring the doorbell once. If no one comes to the door move on. They may be in a sticky situation and unable to answer the door.

Don’t forget to use the magic words – “Please” and “Thank you” are always appropriate while trick-or-treating!

No greedy grabber! Assume one piece of candy unless the house owner says otherwise. Respect the honor system if candy is left out on the porch. Again, don’t be a greedy grabber.

Safe Candy – Don’t eat anything unwrapped or home-made from strangers. Children (especially with allergies), please be careful with the candy and sort through with your parents.

Plan your route. Plan your route and remind your children about traffic safety. Visit a house only one time. Don’t go back for more! Stick to paths that you and your children are familiar with. Have a safe meeting place incase anyone gets lost from the group. Encourage all your children to WALK not run! Give a quick traffic safety reminder 101 –  cross the roads at crosswalks and corners. Always check left, right, and left again is always useful.

Sharing is caring. Be willing to share candy and trade with friends and respect your parent’s decision on how much candy to eat!

Bring lights! Wear reflective gear or necklaces. A flash light always helps–especially your child trips and all the Halloween candy falls out of the bag.

Test the Costume – Make sure that the costume is safe, comfortable and warm enough. Loose fitting clothes and oversized shoes can trip a little trick-or-treater. Avoid props that are sharp such as a sword or sticks. Decide on comfy shoes. And finally make sure that you can add layers and warmth if it gets colder.

5 Weird Laws From The Province of New Brunswick

No Howling Cats : Edmundston. It’s fairly standard for animal control bylaws to restrict annoying, barking dogs. Edmundston’s Bylaw No. 10R2011 2(a)(iii) takes it a step further, decreeing that no cat owner may allow his or her cat to “cause a disturbance to a person by its meowing or howling.”

No Showing off your snake : Fredericton. Sashaying down to the Regent Street Tim’s wearing a snake Ă  la 2001 Britney Spears? That’s a no-no in the provincial capital, where Section 2.13 of the municipal animal control bylaw dictates “no person shall have, keep or possess a snake or other reptile upon the street or in any public place.” Fredericton isn’t the only city in the province to disssssuade such displays: there are similar contain-your-snake laws on the books in Sussex, Perth Andover, Sackville and Miramichi.

No Bitches on the streets : Fredericton. Fredericton’s animal control Bylaw No. S-11A stipulates in Section 3.16 that “no owner of a bitch shall suffer or permit such bitch to be upon the street or in any public place while the bitch is in heat.”

No mature Trick or Treaters : Bathurst. Until September 2017, it was illegal for Bathurst teens over age 14 to parade door-to-door, and no little ghosties or ghoulies were allowed out past 7 p.m. After the rule sparked controversy, the curfew was extended to 8 p.m., but the bylaw still states “no person(s) over the age of 16 yrs. shall take part in door to door soliciting (trick or treating) in the City of Bathurst.” Boooo.

No splashing pedestrians : Moncton. Hitting the gas and drenching pedestrians is such a certified jerk move that it’s actually against the law in Moncton. Section 2(h) of Moncton’s use-of-streets bylaw states “no person shall drive a motor vehicle on any street so as to splash water, mud or snow on a pedestrian.” The no-splashing law is also on the books in Charlottetown. If reported, the driver can be fined up to $175.

Six Amazing Facts About Andorra

Andorra doesn’t have an airport. One of the craziest facts about Andorra is that it’s among the few countries in the world which don’t have an airport. And since it doesn’t have a coastline, you can reach Andorra only by land from France or Spain. If you want to explore the tiny principality, the best way to do so is on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra. The nearest international airports are in Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France.

Andorra is microscopic. It’s the 16th smallest country globally by area, the 11th smallest by population. In terms of land, Andorra is just 181 sq. mi (468 sq. km). This makes it 3.3x smaller than London or 1.66x tinier than New York. You can get from one end of the country to the opposite in less than an hour. To drive across Andorra, you’ll only need to cover 25 mi (40 km). The ride takes around 50-60 minutes because it meanders around the craggy mountaintops.

Andorra is the only co-principality in the world. A principality is a state that’s ruled by a prince. An example of a principality is Monaco. However, Andorra is not a principality but a co-principality. Why? Because two princes rule the country together. The following might be the craziest fact about Andorra: neither of them was born in the tiny country! One of them is the French president. The other one is the Bishop of Urgell, Spain. Currently, they are Emmanuel Macron and Joan Enric Vives Sicília.

Andorra is the only country in the world, which has Catalan as its official language. Catalan is spoken in several regions of Spain, in a few spots in France, and on the island of Sardinia. But the only country that uses Catalan as its official language is Andorra.

Andorra is a heaven for retail trade. Due to the low or nonexistent taxes and the lack of customs duties, the country turned into an important international center of retail trade. Every year, it attracts millions of shoppers from Europe and beyond. Ever wanted to go nuts on shopping? Well, that’s one of the best things to do in Andorra.

The country receives the most tourists per capita in the world. This is one of most surprising facts about Andorra. Over 10 million tourists visit the tiny 77,000-people country every year. Most of them are either French or Spanish citizens. They travel to Andorra for duty-free shopping or to visit the country’s magnificent resorts. Another mind-blowing Andorra fact is that tourism comprises 80% of the total GDP!

Snickers Is Top King In The UK On Halloween; M&M Reigns Supreme In The US

According to our research Snickers is the most popular sweet treat come Halloween here in the UK. The nutty chocolate bar comes up top for 29 British cities throughout the month of October, with Manchester, London and Leeds among the top Snickers loving cities. You may remember when they were called Marathon bars but their famous ads featuring celebs from Mr T to Joan Collins, Rowan Atkinson and Elton John means that Snickers remain firmly on the map since their creation in the 1930s!

In joint second place is the golden wrapped hazelnut and chocolate Ferrero Rocher and the classic Cadbury Dairy Milk with 13 cities each. Their Halloween popularity showing that timeless tastes never go out of style.

M&M’s have taken the US crown for the number one spot, with Texas, California and Florida among the top states declaring it their favourite, the colourful printed candy shells with a milk chocolate filling making the perfect Halloween sweet. Famous for their sugary characters, M&M’s Red and Yellow continue to grace our screens with their shenanigans going global.

The famous Halloween confectionary Candy Corn came in second place with 6 states claiming it as their favourite. The sugary sweet corns are synonymous with Autumn but their packaging makes them difficult to hand out as a trick or treat favour.

Why Do Leaves Turn Red Or Yellow In Autumn In Some Countries?

Leaves are colored by molecules called pigments. The pigment that causes leaves to be green is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is important for plants to make food using sunlight. During spring and summer when there is plenty of sunlight, plants make a lot of chlorophyll. In autumn when it starts to get cold, some plants stop making chlorophyll. Instead, those plants break down chlorophyll into smaller molecules. As chlorophyll goes away, other pigments start to show their colors. This is why leaves turn yellow or red in fall.

The color change usually happens before the leaves fall off of the tree. Why might that be? It takes a lot of energy to make chlorophyll. If the plants break down the chlorophyll and move it out of their leaves before the leaves fall, plants save energy. The plants can reabsorb the molecules that make up chlorophyll. Then, when it’s warm and sunny enough to grow again, the plants can use those molecules to remake the chlorophyll. That way the plants don’t have to make chlorophyll from scratch.

There are other pigments in leaves called carotenoids. Carotenoids are yellow and orange. Anthocyanins are other plant pigments that are only made in the fall. These pigments cause red, pink, or purple colors. Anthocyanins also protect leaves from being eaten or getting sun burned. So the different colors in leaves are caused by changes in the pigments. When the weather changes, some plants break down all the green pigment. This lets beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds come through in the fall.

4 Differences Between Canadian Thanksgiving And The US One

1. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October—and on a Monday

That’s right! Canadian Thanksgiving happens a full month and a half before American Thanksgiving, on the second Monday in October (Monday, October 10, 2022). Since the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday, its date has moved several times—from mid-week in April to a Thursday in November—until 1957, when the Canadian government officially declared that Thanksgiving would occur on the second Monday in October. This ensured that Thanksgiving and another Canadian holiday, Remembrance Day (November 11), would no longer overlap.

2. American and Canadian Thanksgiving Have Different (But Similar) Origins

Everyone seems to know the story of the first American Thanksgiving in 1621, but do you know how Canadian Thanksgiving came about? In fact, the first Canadian Thanksgiving may have even pre-dated the Pilgrims’ big meal. The tradition of Thanksgiving originated with the harvest festival—an autumnal celebration meant to show appreciation for the bountiful harvest of the season. However, Canadian Thanksgiving was originally less about celebrating the harvest and more about thanking God for keeping early explorers safe as they ventured into the New World.

In that sense of “thanks-giving,” the earliest report of such a dinner dates back to 1578, when English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew held a special meal to thank God for granting them safe passage through northern North America, into what is today the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. The first Thanksgiving after Canadian Confederation didn’t happen until April 1872, when the holiday was observed to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from a serious illness.

3. Thanksgiving Is a Little More Low Key in Canada

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year in the United States—with huge parades, massive feasts, and football—but it’s decidedly lower key in Canada. Although the holiday is still widely celebrated in Canada and is a statutory holiday in most of the country, Canadians’ approach to Thanksgiving is a bit more laid back. Thanksgiving in Canada involves families coming together to eat turkey and celebrate the harvest, but relatives don’t tend to travel as far across the country like they might in the United States. And because the holiday takes place in early October, the weather is usually still suitable for a Thanksgiving Day hike or vacation—a tradition that many Canadians readily take part in ahead of the long winter. Plus, because the holiday falls on a Monday, the Thanksgiving feast may instead take place on Saturday or Sunday.

4. There’s No Huge Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Craze

Love them or hate them, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become a big part of the Thanksgiving season in the United States. In Canada, however, there’s no real post-Thanksgiving shopping craze, since Christmas is still so far off. This gives Canadians the chance to focus purely on celebrating the beauty of early October and the harvest! That being said, no one can resist a good sale for long: in recent years, Canadian stores have started to participate in November’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too.