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Cool List of Facts

Jan 16, 2006 08:40 PM
by leonmaurer

... To lighten things up a bit around here.

Interesting ... And fun to boot ...

> Here are some Interesting language origins and factoids:
> 1. In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed
> to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have
> "the rule of thumb".
> 2. 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.
> 3. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV
> were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
> 4. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US
> Treasury.
> 5. Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
> 6. Coca-Cola was originally green.
> 7. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
> 8. The average number of people airborne over the US any given
> hour: 61,000.
> 9. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
> 10. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
> 11. 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
> 12. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
> 13. 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.
> 14. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to
> go until you would find the letter "A"?......One thousand.
> 15. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers,
> and laser printers all have in common?......All invented by women.
> 16. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?......Honey
> 17. 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."
> 18. 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.
> 19. 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."
> 20. 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.
> Don't delete the following 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 hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde 
> Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in
> a wrod 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 raed it 
> wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by 
> istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?"
> ~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~
> At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their
> elbow...
> We don't stop playing because we grow old;
> we grow old because we stop playing.
> George Bernard Shaw

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