Random interesting stuff work emailed me

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Random interesting stuff work emailed me

Jul!a Jul!a
My night job sends out a monthly newsletter and they always have some sort of "fun stuff" in there and the first one on the list I had been discussing in another topic, so I thought I would just share the rest of what work sent me. Enjoy
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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.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was 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.

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:

$ 16,400

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in 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 because 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 4, 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 are the 2 most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession & B. The Orca < From Jaws

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 have in common?

A. All were 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 rdanieg. 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 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 wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
04/01/2010
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SydVicious SydVicious
I enjoyed this post.. Thanks for sharing!
04/01/2010
Sammi Sammi
Those are great! I love that last paragraph. I was mostly through it before I realized how garbled it was
04/01/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
So Ladies GOLF would be Ladies Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden....confusing !
04/02/2010
Gary Gary
This was awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us. I felt special because I already knew the answers to like 3 of these
04/02/2010
Jimbo Jones Jimbo Jones
Not to rain on any one's parade, but a few of these have been reputed.
Golf acronym: link
Flintstones: link
Green Coca Cola: link
Kings in cards: link
04/02/2010
Victoria Victoria
Very cool - thanks for sharing!!!
04/02/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
This was awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us. I felt special because I already knew the answers to like 3 of these
I knew a few beforehand too, I smiled real big when I read this
04/02/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Jimbo Jones
Not to rain on any one's parade, but a few of these have been reputed.
Golf acronym: link
Flintstones: link
Green Coca Cola: link
Kings in cards: link ...
I forgot to include the part at the top of the list I got at work that said they may or may not be true, lol. Thank you for bringing in the right info. I was actually surprised at the bit about Coke. For whatever reason I grew up believing that it was green before coloring just because Pepsi launched their clear line and Coke never did anything like that (to my knowledge anyway).

That snopes.com is a really interesting website, where did you manage to stumble across that?
04/02/2010
Jimbo Jones Jimbo Jones
Yeah, I didn't want to spoil any body's fun, but I hate when I pass something on if it turns out it isn't true.
As for Snopes, it's a great place to check when you are not sure about the accuracy of something you hear about on the internet. It doesn't have everything, but it is a pretty good reference for a lot of items. I don't remember where I first found out about it from though.
04/03/2010
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