Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Did You Ever Know

Thanks for this one, Peter! Learned a lot...and now know why I hate golf...

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 DavidHearts - CharlemagneClubs -Alexander, the GreatDiamonds - 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 (and if their butt's in the air, it's a statue in honor of Mr. B--Bridg)

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 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 inspiredby this practice.

~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~
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 canread it.I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulacltyuesdnatnrdwaht I wasrdgnieg.Thephaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig torscheearch at CmabrigdeUinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr theltteers in a wrod are,theolny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsatltteer be in the rghitpclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you cansitll raed it wouthit aporbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos notraed ervey lteter byistlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig


  • At 11/09/2005 12:04:00 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said…

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

    Heh. I tried. Can't do it. :(

  • At 11/09/2005 04:01:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    Yeah, smartass Bridg; I tried to reach my elbow too.
    This was really interesting! I only knew a couple of them.

  • At 11/09/2005 08:22:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Literally cackling my head off about you two trying to lick your elbows!

    Lazybones here couldn't be bothered....there was a fair bit of new stuff in there, tshsmom. Knew the coke thing but not about the playing cards or the derivation of golf....

  • At 11/09/2005 08:46:00 PM, Blogger jipzeecab said…

    I didn't try to lick my elbow but I still haven't figured out what that long group of letters that starts with 'a' and ends with 't' says..
    Your Canada used to be the 2nd largest land mass country in the world. I wonder with the breakup of the USSR if it isn't number one now..

  • At 11/09/2005 09:11:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Jipzee, it's "could actually understand" (you have to say it out loud to get it).



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