Whether or not you hear sleigh bells ringing, winter wonderland is here! Here’s a quiz to test your wintertime wisdom and offer you fun facts to impress your family and friends.
1. What is the largest 24-hour snowfall ever measured in the U.S.?
a. 4 feet
b. 6 feet
c. 10 feet
d. 13 feet
2. Krampus, the horned half-goat, half-demon creature from Central European folklore, is known for what during the holiday season?
a. Bringing fruitcake to families
b. Singing Good King Wenceslaus while caroling
c. Seeking out children who have misbehaved
d, Stealing wooden shoes
3. Which sport was incorporated into the Winter Olympics?
a. Snow tubing
b. Speed skiing
d. Ski ballet
4. Which animal hibernates the longest?
b. Alpine marmot
d. Wood frog
5. How many people were part of the largest gathering of holiday sweater-wearers?
1 – b. 6 feet. It’s 6.3 feet to be exact. This amount fell in a 24-hour period in Silver Lake, Colorado on April 14-15, 1921, according to The Weather Channel. It probably had something to do with its 10,220-foot elevation in the Colorado Rockies!
2 – c. Seeking out children who have misbehaved. This made-up figure seems to be pretty mischievous himself! During an Austrian Krampuslauf (Krampus Run), herds of Krampuses — people dressed in masks and costumes — stomp down streets and play tricks on parade goers.
3 – d. Ski ballet. Called figure skating on snow with skis, this sport was a demonstration event in the 1988 Calgary games and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
4 – d. Wood frog. This bug-eyed amphibian can survive up to seven months in a “deep-freeze” period! They can live while being completely frozen by protecting their cells using glucose, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
5 – a. 3,473. That’s a lot of ugly sweaters! According to Guinness Book of World Records, this goal was achieved by Kansas Athletics at a Kansas University men’s basketball game against Montana in December 2015.
As you enjoy the season, spread some of these fun wintertime facts with your loved ones.