From mountains of Brussels sprouts to million-selling mega hits, Azimo brings you six of the biggest festive facts and figures. Tuck in!
The number of copies sold in the UK of 1984’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. The biggest-selling Xmas track of all time was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia and the charity tune snowballed, with everyone from Bono to Boy George contributing.
The height in metres of the tallest ever cut Christmas tree, according to the Guinness World Records. The Douglas fir was put up at Northgate Shopping Centre in Seattle, USA, in December 1950 – just pity the poor helper who had to put the star on top!
The approximate number of turkeys eaten in the UK every year. Which is no great surprise given that a whopping 87% of Brits believe Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without roast turkey on 25th December (and turkey sandwiches on the 26th…and turkey curry on the 27th…).
The weight in tonnes of Brussels sprouts dished up each December in the UK, half of which are hidden under the forks of children across the country. Apparently, a love or hatred of sprouts is all down to your genes – according to scientists, sprouts contain a chemical that only tastes bitter to people who have a variation of a certain gene. So now you have an excuse!
The number of Santa’s trusty reindeer who drag him around the globe each Christmas Eve. Speed is of the essence – it has been calculated that Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen would have to haul Santa’s sleigh at an astonishing 2,340,000mph to be able to reach every home in the world in one night.
The percentage of people in our recent survey who’d rather receive cash than Christmas presents – every year, some £2.7 billion is spent on unwanted presents in the UK. So if you really want to make someone’s day this year, head to our homepage and use our brilliant money transfer service to send friends and family what they really, really want.
Christmas is nearly here and the Azimo festive tree is loaded with treats. Just click on a new bauble each day for a chance to win everything from fee-free transfers to a flight home. Azimo – making Christmas 2016 even merrier!