Volunteers in Texas have set a Guinness World Record by building the largest gingerbread house ever made to raise money for charity. Residents of Bryan, Texas used 7,200 eggs, 816-kilograms of butter, 3,265 kilograms of flour, and close to 1360-kilograms of brown sugar to build the exterior. The house was decorated with 22,305 pieces of hard candy. The house measures at 60-feet by 42-feet and contains nearly 36-million Calories. The money raised from the mouth-watering tours will help fund a new trauma facility for a nearby hospital. (Telegraph)
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been providing the status and location of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve since 1955, got some help from Microsoft this year to create a flashy new website. The site counts down the days until Santa will set out in his sleigh, with a new game on the site each day. On Christmas, the site will monitor the whereabouts of Santa and keep a running tally of the gifts delivered.
Now we know the reason behind Keith Urban's new hairdo. Keith's wanted to chop his locks for a while, and thought now was a good time before his schedule gets tight with American Idol.
He was visiting his wife Nicole Kidman on the set of a movie and let her hairdresser on site do the job. Keith says Nic was on board with the change. She told him, "It's just hair, you know. If you don't like it, it will grow back. It's no big drama."
Tell that to all his fans who hit Facebook and Twitter to discuss his new look.
If you want to eat less you should buy plates on the smaller side in the color red. To find this, researchers gave participants snacks of popcorn and chocolate chips served on either red, white or blue plates. They found that those who munched off of red plates ate less overall than those who snacked off of blue or white plates. Researchers say this probably happened due the color contrast between the food and the dishes, as it makes people more mindful of each bite. Additionally, scientists say it may also happen because people associate the color red with stopping and caution which would subconsciously encourage us to eat less served on dishes of that color. (Women's Health)
(NEWSER) – Family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who were killed in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire in July are struggling with the added heartbreak that their loved ones didn't have to die. A state safety commission ruled yesterday that state forestry officials made numerous errors; among them: They failed to give the crew sufficient safety equipment, didn't follow wildfire-planning rules, didn't withdraw the firefighters when they should have, and ultimately, put a "losing battle" over the safety of the firefighters, all in an effort to save "non-defensible structures and pastureland." The commission issued $559,000 in fines and penalties, including $25,000 to each of the families, the Arizona Republic reports.
This gentleman is remaining anonymous - but tipping very generously at restaurants across America....seemingly only in the name of Jesus. Always great to see this, especially during the holiday season..
First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations yesterday (December 4th), giving a first look to military members and their families. The theme this year is "Gather Around," celebrating "the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year." The displays include two dozen Christmas trees, including the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room, which is over 18 feet tall and is dedicated to military families, decorated with photos of their joy-filled homecomings. There's also the traditional 300-pound gingerbread rendering of the White House, complete with dark chocolate miniatures of first pets Bo and Sunny. The Obamas' two Portuguese water dogs are also included in the decorations with two life-sized replicas made of satin ribbons.
The White House gingerbread house: http://bit.ly/1hzznfz
The Blue Room Christmas tree: http://bit.ly/1aBYFkQ