Sunday, March 9, 2008

Nothing Better...

Since I have been super busy with school, I really haven't been doing any knitting. I wanted to post something so I thought I would share this with you. I love random facts and someone sent this to me. Enjoy!

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.----------------------------------------
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 cause s.

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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?

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 olde 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!
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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 rdanieg. 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 be in 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 th e wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

2 comments:

knittingma said...

A list of very interesting things, indeed. I hope you get some time to knit soon! And I hope your classes are going well, too.

P.S. I did *not* try to lick my elbow. :)

Elaine Saunders www.completetext.com said...

Ps and Qs could also be a different type of warning to customers. When drinks were chalked up "on the slate" landlords weren't averse to adding a couple of extra chalk marks in the pints and quarts columns. It's therefore a warning to check your bill!

"Wet your whistle" could also be a slang term for the throat or mouth that has been in use for hundreds of years. Chaucer makes reference to the phrase in his Canterbury Tales when describing someone who’d over-indulged – so was her jolly whistle well y wet.

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