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Some Interesting Facts

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Some Interesting Facts

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'
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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.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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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
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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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.
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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
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.
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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.'
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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.
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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'
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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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.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
...Or beat the missus with a stick before retiring to the pug to whistle at the barmaid...
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Bugger - just to the pub then instead...
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Apparently 'good night' isn't quite right either... http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-sle1.htm
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Who's to say which definition is correct.  It was meant as a light hearted list for amusement only. 
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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'

So this is why we say it to our 7 year olds before they go to Wetherspoons for the evening Crazy
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You can afford to go out for the evening Strat Wink Wink
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No, but they can could, but had to find a cheap ale house with £5 spending money.

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some dispute about ps and qs:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/248000.html
seems that most 'facts' are opinions.
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Same deal with the equestrian statues I'm afraid - http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.asp
However that does remind me of a Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band song.
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To add a "nautical flavour".    ......................
The term "Posh" , referred to the bookings made on liners where the passenger specified a  cabin for each part of the journey, so as to have the sun on their side of the ship.....
they would book  "PORT  OUTWARD............. STARBOARD HOME."
abbreviated... P.O.S.H  !
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you mind where those children go Strat http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7886331.stm
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However that does remind me of a Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band song.

According to the character Reg Smeeton in the film Sir Henry at Rawlinson End there is no proper name for the back of the knee, and I believed that for years. In fact it does have a medical term - popliteal fossa.
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To add a "nautical flavour".    ......................
The term "Posh" , referred to the bookings made on liners where the passenger specified a  cabin for each part of the journey, so as to have the sun on their side of the ship.....
they would book  "PORT  OUTWARD............. STARBOARD HOME."
abbreviated... P.O.S.H   !
Now here was me thinking that it referred to the passage to India which where the port outward was the left hand or north side - the non sunny side so it wasn't too hot in the cabin and vice versa coming back  Embarrassed