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* O Christmas Tree: An 80-foot-high tree is about to begin a trip of more than 1,800 miles across the country to decorate the U.S. Capitol for the holidays.
The tree, a 13,000-pound Engelmann Spruce, was cut down in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico this week. It will be loaded on a 90-foot-long flatbed for its trip to Washington.
Schoolchildren and other groups made more than 20,000 tree ornaments, representing traditions and cultures of New Mexico. "The students . . . really pulled through. There are a lot of really cool ornaments," said Steve Romero, the leader of the tree project.
Since 1970, Congress has rotated the states to bring trees to Washington. Last year's tree was from Virginia. The 2003 tree came from Idaho.
This year's tree, scheduled to be lighted at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 8, is being fitted with a special "watering sock" that will go on the base of the tree, allowing it to soak up 50 gallons of water a day.
Warning: Don't Stick Your Foot in Your Mouth
* Speaking of weird socks: Corn socks could be coming soon to a store near you. In Japan, a U.S. company is getting ready to sell socks made from corn fiber.
The socks look like cotton gym socks, but they smell better. When the socks get a hole, you can just throw them away, without worrying about creating waste. The corn fiber makes the socks decompose naturally.
Flying Pumpkins Ahead
* From amazing feet to amazing feats: Last month KidsPost wrote about kids from Maryland who were competing in the annual Punkin Chunkin in Delaware. The team of two boys and three girls, called Little Feats, last weekend won the catapult division for 11-to-17-year-olds for the fourth straight year.
Little Feats hurled a pumpkin 1,229 feet -- the team's farthest throw ever. And the seemingly unbeatable kids want to compete again next year. "We sure hope to," said Amber Dukes, 12.