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#WTFact: Holiday Humbug


#WTFACT: Holiday Humbug

Joy to the World apparently doesn’t include everyone

In the Peruvian tradition of Takanakuy, the year’s disputes and grievances are settled via fistfight on December 25. Poinsettia sap can trigger latex allergies in some, can be poisonous if consumed in large enough amounts. Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas Day in 1977. Soon after, his corpse was dug up, stolen, and ransomed for $600,000 by two Swiss mechanics. Fires caused by Christmas trees account for some $10 million of property damage a year. In some European tellings, St. Nicholas has a sinister sidekick, Krampus—a devil-like figure that punishes naughty children with chains and a whip. Mistletoe is a botanical parasite.
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