11.10.2006

Random Friday 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."

– 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.

– Coca-Cola was originally green.

– The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

– The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.

– The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000.

– 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.

– Obsession is the most popular boat name requested.

– 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."

– 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."

* Brought to you by my friend, D.

1 comment:

wrestling kitties said...

I love these kind of fun facts!! I had heard of a couple but they are very fun to read! Great Friday facts :D