Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Amazing Facts!

In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat hiswife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb".

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled"Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF enteredinto the English language.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fredand Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king in history:

Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs inthe air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg inthe air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If thehorse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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

Q. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, andlaser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bedfirmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a monthafter the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law withall the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because theircalendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, whichwe know today as the honeymoon.

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 thephrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into therim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phraseinspired by this practice.

Don't delete this just because it looks weird.

Believe it or not, you can read it. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the human mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch atCmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in aword are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer bein the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raedit wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed erveylteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow

9 comments:

Elaine Saunders www.completetext.com said...

Whilst writing my book about pub history I discovered that “Mind your Ps and Qs” might also be another kind of warning. When landlords chalked pints and quarts up “on the slate” they weren’t averse to adding a few extra marks. It’s therefore a warning to customers to watch the bill.

Instead of chalking up on the slate, London Market porters had their drinks marked on a strip of leather or tab, hence “running a tab”. It’s also said to give us the expression “strapped for cash”

Elaine Saunders
Author: A Book About Pub Names
www.completetext.com

Roo said...

Wow,
Thanks for that interesting comment. It's like when people "chink" their glasses it is said to be ridding evil spirits.

mudpies02 said...

Wow! That's really interesting!

Ha!!! I didn't try to lick my elbow!! (I've tried before and failed miserably!!)

I'd heard that one about Coca Cola before - Coke must be like Mountain Dew?

Roo said...

Yeah maybe.

I_luv_animals_AKA_ashymashy said...

roo,
great post i tried to lick my elbow lol i was far off it those are really interesting!
ashymashy

MrWoody said...

Cor blimey - you got a post from a famous author!
Very interesting post, Roo. I loved the golf one, which I didn't know.
oh, an I didn't try to lick my elbow - does that mean I'm weird?
:-)

Roo said...

Hmmmm...

That doesn't mean you're weird, but I wouldn't say you weren't.

Nei-Nei Neina-Marie said...

Oh! Lots of the things you wrote are on the back of the clipboard sent out bny hubbards in their cereal packets - my dad eats fruitful breakfast by the boxes!
Very interesting, my favourite was the one about the statues. I know lots of statues with both legs up!

Here is a question - there is a statue of a dog named Balto, who died of natural causes. If he had been killed in a fight or something, or even when he made the world-saving more, would his front legs be up?

Roo said...

Well he doesn't but he should really.