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  • 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”
  • 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.
  • Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • 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
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  • 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.
  • Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
    A. Obsession
  • Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
    A. All were invented by women.
  • Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
    A. Honey
  • In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. Wen 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 (or have already tried) to lick their elbow!
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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2007 at 1:16 pm and is filed under All, Funny Stuff, Interesting.

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