Thursday, December 17, 2009

Interesting facts

I love to to find out how things come about and why some things are the way they are. I received an email today that went along well with the previous post, so I figured I'd share it with you...


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'


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.


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


Every day more money
is printed for Monopoly
than the U.S. 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 State with the
highest percentage of
people who walk to work:



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


The percentage of
North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising
a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:

$ 16,400


The average number of people
airborne over the U.S.
in any given hour:



Intelligent people
have more zinc and copper
in their hair.


The first novel ever
written on a typewriter:

Tom Sawyer


The San Francisco
Cable cars are the only mobile
National Monuments.


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


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 in the air,
the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air,
the person died because
of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs
on the ground, the person died
of natural causes


Only two people signed the
Declaration of Independence on July 4:
John Hancock and Charles Thomson.
Most of the rest signed on August 2,
but the last signature
wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live
within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q.. Most boat owners name their boats.
What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


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 bulletproof vests,
fire escapes,
windshield wipers
and laser printers
have in common?

A. All were invented
by women.


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

A. Honey


Q. Which day are
there more collect calls
than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day


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'


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..


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'


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.


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


KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2009 when....

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5.Your reason for not staying in touch
with friends and family is
that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and
use your cell phone to see if anyone is
home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has
a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone,
which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60)
years of your life, is now a cause for
panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and
go on line before getting your coffee

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to
whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice
there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up
to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list

~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~

NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends.

You know you want to!

Go lick your elbow.

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