Monday, 7 July 2008

Interesting Stuff........

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.

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 U.S. 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.

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

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. 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 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.
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!

- Now....
Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?


Marianne said...

I so went for the elbow! I love these, GOLF is unbelievable! Can't wait to tease the Colonel with that one! x

Dumdad said...

Yep, I tried to lick my elbow - and succeeded! Okay, no I didn't.

buffalodickdy said...

I really like the history behind where some of our everyday phrases came from!

L.C.T. said...

The only one there I knew was about Shakespeare and the mattresses - great facts! And nope, I already knew about the elbow so didn't work on me!

Odat said...

I love this!! A few I knew, most I didn't.
Thanks for sharing!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well i can't lick my elbow but i can't lick lots of other places either! ha ha ha

smiles, bee

(hey! i meant my foot!)

Dianne said...

do you have any idea how hard it is to type a comment while licking your elbow!?

Real Live Lesbian said...

Ok, that was fun! Why is my elbow wet?

Ron said...

This is some REALLY interesting stuff!!

Ok...I admit it...I DID try licking my elbow!

So I guess I'm one of the 75%!?

The last paragraph was SOOO cool!

Thanks for fun post, my friend!

storyteller said...

I’d read the 1st one somewhere before, but many of these are new to me. Are you pulling our leg or was Coca-Cola really green … seriously? I thought briefly about trying to lick my elbow, but stopped myself. LOL

Of course I could read the last paragraph. I spent 34 years reading such ‘stuph’ submitted by students! Fun post today.
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

I tried the elbow thing as well Marianne :)

Oh Dumdad you little fibber!

Yeah you'd never guess at them would you Buff?

Are you sure you didn't try to lick your elbow l.c.t., even though you knew? ((wink))

Glad you enjoyed it Odat x

Oh ((blush) Bee, I had visions there for a minute!

No, but I can imagine Dianne :)

You managed to lick your elbow RLL?????

LOL I just knew you'd try it Ron! Glad you found it all fun. :)

I'm not really sure about Coca Cola being green Storyteller but it could be. I would imagine some of the stuph you get from your students was much harder to read than that last paragraph!

Mike Golch said...

you are righ about reading the last paragraph.Funny how a mind can do that. and no I did not try to lick my eyebrows. I liked the history lesson of where things came from. the GOLF thing I did know. the Psand Qs was something I did not knwo.
That's my stort and i'm stiching to it. Hugs and Blessings!

Maggie May said...

How did you know that I tried to lick my elbow? I thought it would be good if I was the ONE person in the world who could do it! LOL

Anndi said...

At watched my Chicklet attempt to lick her elbow for a while... hehehe! Thanks! That was fun!

Travis said...

HA! I was ready for it and did not try to lick my elbow!

Mind your P's and Q's now!

la bellina mammina said...

LOL! I think almost 100% of people reading this post WILL try to lick their elbows!! Good one, Akela.

la bellina mammina said...

btw Akela, I couldn't get into Queenie's blog, so would you send her my regards...

Jeff B said...

I did it! . . . oops . . . that wasn't my elbow.

Flowerpot said...

I've just tried to lick jy elbow adn can't!

Can Bass 1 said...

I haven't tried to lick my elbow, but I can (and frequently do) place my foot in my mouth!

G-Man said...

Ake...Maybe you should change your name to...Ms. Knowitall! hehehe

Akelamalu said...

Yes that paragraph is amazing isn't it Mike? You were meant to try to lick your elbow honey, not your eyebrows! :)

But you didn't, did you Maggie? ;)

That was cruuuuelllll Anndi! ;)

Are you sure Trav ?

Trav said he didn't Bella! Do we believe him? No-one can get on Queenie's blog honey, I'll pass on your good wishes to her. x

Oh Jeff what are you like??? ((blush))

He he neither can I Flowerpot. :)

Welcome Can Bass 1. I do the same frequently!

I can't take credit for it g-man, someone sent me the list!

Akelamalu said...

Mike I hope you come back to check my reply because I need to tell you that every time I try to comment on your blog it closes my computer down. :(

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Yes, amzanig. I read it easily.

Thanks for all of the grand information, the vast majority I didn't know.

Now I am in the mood for a game of Trivial Pursuit. Unfortunately, I am sure that Alex won't play with me. He is (again) outside catting around.

Akelamalu said...

Oh I love playing trivial pursuit Nick, though I never win.

Shrinky said...

Oh what a wonderful post, I really and truly loved it, so many snippets of information in there. Thanks for making me smile!

Linda said...

I wondered how many people were going to try to lick their elbows. You'll be happy to know I wasn't one of them!

I always wondered where the phrase "Mind your P's and Q's" came from and now I know - thank you!

Elaine Saunders 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

the teach said...

Excellent, Akelamalu! And no I didn't try to lick my elbow! :)

Mother of Invention said...

All so interesting! And I did try to lick my elbow! Thanks for the visit!

CG said...

Why do I always try to lick my elbow? So one day I can prove this rule WRONG and be famous???

GEWELS said...

O.K. so I fell for the elbow licking too. At least I'm in very good company.
Is all of this for real? And if so, where do you find this stuff?

Akelamalu said...

I'm pleased you enjoyed it Shrinky :)

LOL you didn't fall for it then Linda? Glad you learned something.

That's really interesting Elaine. I bet you had fun researching your book!

You didn't fall for it either Teach? :)

So did I MOI!

You must let me know if you ever manage it CG!

Another elbow licker eh Gewels? As far as I know it's all true but I didn't write it honey. :)

Anonymous said...

That's why I never use the expression "rule of thumb."

But the golf acronym is a myth.

Akelamalu said...

The golf acronym is a myth? Really Citizen?

Cindy said...

I must be in the weird 25%- I did not try to lick my elbow.
These were interesting!

MarmiteToasty said...

I likes to come over here and get meself a bit of an education :)

Where the devil do you find this stuff ...


Akelamalu said...

You're probably intelligent Cindy, not wierd!

You can go and amaze the lads now with what you've just found out Marmie!

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