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Dessert on the Ceiling (and Other Kooky Christmas Traditions)

More than 160 countries around the world celebrate Christmas. Overseas and elsewhere, some holiday traditions may seem wonderfully weird — and maybe even a bit bizarre. For some chuckles, let’s check out the yearly happenings in:

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No Pie at Original Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar.

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Día de los Muertos Not a ‘Spanish Halloween’

The Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often mistaken for a Spanish version of Halloween. It is actually a way for families to honor loved ones who are no longer living.

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Different Cultures Celebrate Columbus Day

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1934, but Christopher Columbus’s landing in the Americas was celebrated across the country long before that.

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Fifties Flashback: ‘Don’t Worry … He Sees Us’

Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper once saw James Dean as an obnoxious attention-seeker in the Marlon Brando vein (she abhorred Brando) and even labeled Dean “another dirty shirttail actor.”

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Armistice Agreement Ended Korean War 65 Years Ago This Month

The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953.

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Fifties Flashback: It’s My Party

In 1946 a Massachusetts DuPont chemist-inventor named Earl Tupper introduced “Poly-T Wonder Bowls.” They were polyethelene food-storage containers that varied in size and came in unusual pastel hues.

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Fun Factoids for a Festive Fourth

Do you know your U.S. history?

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Fifties Flashback: Oh, You Beautiful Doll!

Barbara Handler Segal has recalled strangers saying to her, “So you’re the Barbie doll!”

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