OT: Fun facts

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by KateMac329, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    I know these go around from time to time but I have never read any of these until today and thought I would share. Have a great day!

    kate




    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.

    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"

    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 111,111,11 1 = 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 CharlesThomson. 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 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


    Don't delete this part 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 last 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?


  2. twerp

    twerp New Member

    I enjoyed these very much!

    Hugs,
    Twerp
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I red we gt the wrd hnymon caus the grm was drnk an mooing the brid and she was sayng, "Now Honey!"
  4. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    I can't believe I tried to lick my elbow!!!!!!!
  5. windblade

    windblade Active Member

    I love the origins of phrases!
  6. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    These are really interesting facts-I enjoyed reading this post. And yes, I did try to lick my elbow so I'm in the 75%!

    Ellen
  7. mylilcherub428

    mylilcherub428 New Member

    I so tried to lick my elbow
  8. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    Loved these. Thanks, Kate...

    Sue
  9. mahx

    mahx New Member

    Yes i tried to lick my elbow also...crazy

    And yes i had no problem reading the last part..
    MA
  10. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    I am so glad that you all enjoyed these!!!

    Don't worry I tried to lick my elbow too!!!! LOL Then when I read the percentage of how many people try to actually do it I burst out laughing!!! LOL

    Oh and by the way, I could read the last part fine too! It actually scared me how well I could read it but in a funny way. LOL I just breezed right through it and only realized that the letters were jumbled when I understood what the paragraph was saying. LOL

    (((HUGS TO ALL)))

    kate

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