Monday, March 3, 2008

Who Knew!

VERY INTERESTING STUFF (I am not sure how much of this is true)
In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'
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Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden'...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
Alaska
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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400
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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:
61,000
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession
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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?
A. One thousand
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey
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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...... 'goodnight, sleep tight.'
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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'
It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'
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Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! (I have tried before)
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9 comments:

inpassing said...

This was interesting. I do know that the part about the horses and statues is true.

Bag Blog said...

Okay, I will admit that I tried to lick my elbow. Coca-cola also contained cocaine - at first. And you thought it was addicting now!

Inquiries said...

Inpassing: I have heard that before too.

Lou: LOL. I did not know Coca-cola contained cocaine. I guess that is where they got the name!

Buck said...

I find these bits jes a lil hard to believe:

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


Africa is a BIG place. So, is North America, but we don't have anything like the Sahara. I'll google this at some point... but not right now.

Inquiries said...

I agree Buck. "When you are educated you'll believe only half of what you hear. When you are intelligent you know which half." -Jerome Perryman

Becky said...

Some of these I know are not true. The one about the Statue is not, the one about Coke being green is not, the playing Cards representing those 4 king is not, and the one about how Golf got it's name is not. Like Buck, I have a hard time believing the one about Africa having less wilderness than North America as well. I couldn't find anything about it on Snopes, though.

Inquiries said...

Thanks Becky. Many of them are probably not true.

Dawn said...

Funny I was thinking of this when I read "green coke"

"We should probably take those snacks that Aunt DeeDee told us about..."
me: "Oh...which would those be?"
"The salty crackers and the green Coke...it will make us feel better."
me: "The grrreeen coke?"

look familiar?????

Inquiries said...

YEAH! From Jay's blog