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Did you know you can find all your Laying It All Out Friday FUN FACTS right here? Well, you can!

By: Jaji Hammer, Editor,
Updated October 18, 2018
Laying It All Out - Fun Facts

Welcome to your Laying It All Out Friday FUN FACTS! This page is dedicated to the life-long student in each of us, offering all sorts of interesting tidbits about this wild and wonderful world we live in.

Check in every Friday to learn something that'll make you chuckle or gasp in disbelief or even continue to explore the subject on your own. Plus, all these fun facts are bound to help you boost your trivia skills, whether for our own TRIVIA Tuesday or for those evenings on the couch with your hook and Alek Trebek's dulcet tones. (You know how I love watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune while crocheting!)

Here's hoping you enjoy these little slices of knowledge! Share them with friends at your next crochet circle and tell your pals all about our entertaining newsletter so they can sign up to receive some fun in their inboxes, too! And let us know your thoughts about the different fun facts by commenting below. Thanks for reading, and as always, happy hookin'!

10/12/18 - Did you know that the Greeks put the X in Xmas?

 In Greek, the word "Christ" starts with the letter Chi, which looks like an X in the Roman alphabet. In Greek, the word for Christ is ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, pronounced khristós, meaning “the anointed one." The "X" in “Xmas,” therefore, is a symbol for the word Christ, and has been used as such since the early 1500s at least. It is a respectful replacement so prevalent throughout history that it even has a name: a Christogram.

Unfortunately, "Xmas" has been appropriated by the advertising industry, confusing the etimology and cheapening its historical and cultural significance. But now at least when you see those big brand store ads touting their "low low prices on Xmas presents for the whole family," you'll know the truth about the origin of the Christogram - or, Xogram, if you will!

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10/19/18 - Did you know that our current American flag was designed by a 17-year-old for a school project, and that his teacher only awarded him a B-?

In 1958, Robert G. Heft was only in high school when he designed the 50-star United States flag for a class project. Alaska and Hawaii were on the verge of statehood, so President Eisenhower created a flag design competition to which 1500 designs were submitted. When Heft only received a B- for his class project, he made a deal with his teacher that if Eisenhower chose his design, he'd receive a better grade. Well, Eisenhower did, so Heft's design not only earned him a place in history, but an A in history class. 

Though Heft passed away in 2009, he left behind his design for a 51-star United States flag, as he anticipated we would need it some day. Perhaps Puerto Rico will put Heft's 51-stars to good use!

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Which fun fact did you find most interesting or surprising? Which fun fact did you share with a friend?

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