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Just few Useless Facts for your Enjoyment

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Jeremy_C, May 27, 2005.

  1. Jeremy_C

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    Subject: INTERESTING FACTS .....






    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 Independenceon

    July 4th ....John Hancock and CharlesThomson. Most of

    the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature was not

    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.




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



    .............................................................

    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 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 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?
     
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    A few of those are definetally not true. The horse/statue one is not true. And it is not impossible to lick your elbow. I have witnessed more than one person do it after being told that it was impossible(yes almost everyone tries).

    Oh and as far as I know the "Rule of Thumb" applied much more recently than the 1400s.

    **pointing to his outstretched thumb and in his worst irish accent** "Can't do much damage with that, now can we? Maybe it should have been the Rule of Wrist?"
     
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    :d :d :d
     
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    thank you sir :D i try to be a useless info spouter outer. more good stuff. :laugh:
     
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    You forgot For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge...................
     
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    Call me a nerd, but I thought all those facts were awesome....
     
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    I guess I fall into the 75% sicko group.
     
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    O h my god :D
     
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    Mark, I like your sig:

    :haha:
     
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    not so sure on the Africa "wilderness one". The sahara has got to be about half Africas surface area and the vast majority of it is undeveloped. I know the US (thanks Alaska) has a huge amount of wilderness too... but Im still not sure about that "fact".

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    Repost AGAIN?.........ah crap..... lol :D
     
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    I think its really a matter of what people think of as Wilderness. Whoever stated it likely didn't consider desert, wilderness. Where as really it is.
     
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    Wilderness in that post should have been defined as "wooded areas", then it would make more sense.... As far as I knew, the horse bit was true... know of any examples where it's not true?
     
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    Or, depending on who's version you've heard-

    Fornication Under Consent of the King........
     
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    Can't understand normal thinking

    ...only because mu NTB Uncle thinks it's funny
     
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    I thought the best part was reading the last part of the post.
    I would have never figured that I could read that as easy as I did,
    even after a couple of J&C's. How about "Taking it with a grain of salt"?
    No one seems to do it anymore, I think it is now considered to be bad for you. :)
    Good Post.
     
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    Snopes disproved
     
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    i was kind of hoping that the snopes response would be more international... if I remember anything from art history, I think the raised legs = death thing was started in euro-land. Americans are always screwing up and skewing euro-trash traditions, so messing with their art traditions doesn't seem out of the ordinary. ;)

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