A Few Interesting Facts for a Friday!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MRSH, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    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".

    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 were Fred and 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 State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

    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: $6,400.

    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.

    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 as a result 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 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.

    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 bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
    A. All 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.

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

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

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Not true - at least as we count in the UK, as you'd have passed "one hundred And one" etc
  3. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    I can lick mine, its not hard, I just twist my arm round, Im quite flexible...
  4. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    The ladies must love you!! :shock:
  5. impycornet

    impycornet Member

    Does flexible not mean soft & bendy ????
  6. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    err... no... but circus folk do?
  7. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Good old Carnies! :D
  8. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    Wanna buy some pegs Dave?!?
  9. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Yup Eric!
  10. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

  11. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    I never did get that, I thought it was because people got the letters mixed up :confused:

    hehe, I can lick the inside does that count?
  12. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    75% of email 'facts' are invented.

    E.g. -

    It separates, crystalises, and then tastes rank. Give it 2-3 years if you don't believe me... (It was in the back of the cupboard..;) )

    90% of email statistics are invented.
  13. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    And 60% of people who say this actually do not know it for a fact!!

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