Thursday, 30 October 2008

NATTER: DID YOU KNOW.....

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'
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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
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. So don’t blame your husbands when they can’t hear you!
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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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 (made it get out your calculator, didn’t it?)
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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 causes.
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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 bullet proof 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. On which day are there more reverse charge phone calls made than on any other day of the year?

A. Fathers 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, beer 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'
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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 the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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

U R LAUGHING at yourself because you are still trying to lick your elbow!

8 comments:

Sagari said...

U have a wonderful blog

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

VG, what would I do without my daily dose of Quotes, facts and recipes from you? I love reading all the cool info you write. You are one fine lady my friend. Have a great weekend.

Pushpa said...

I was very busy yesterday and did not have time to check on my blog friends. Today while having my breakfast I checked yours and yes, your blog is worth spending time on. The facts given today is something we never realise or taken for granted. Thanks for these great facts. Keep it up.

Pushpa said...

I forgot to mention this. I did not/will never try to, lick my elbow. LOL

Jan said...

Well I now feel so knowledgeable! Great post.

VG said...

Sagari - thanks. You've got a great blog too. Thanks for visiting. I'll be over yours soon.

Teresa - happy to oblige dear, he!he! I love you infos too. I told you we should start a mutual admiration club! You have a great Halloween and weekend too.

Aww Push, that's really lovely. Thank you my friend. Oh and yes, glad to hear that you did not try to lick your elbow. You're the minority 25%. I'll share a secret - I tried to defy that fact!
L-O-Very-L!!!

Thank you Jan. Glad to see I contributed to your e-du-ma-ca-tion!

Elaine Saunders - Complete Text 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 and
Fiction Writing Exercises
Complete Text

VG said...

Hi Elaine. Thank you for visiting my humble blog and providing the info. I find things like that really fascinating. Good luck with your writing and hope to hear from you again.