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Interesting facts/tidbits

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Lord Kotan, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Lord Kotan

    Lord Kotan Slightly Crazed
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    I found this in an Email at work; I am not for certin how much of this is really true.. but I figured I'd share this with everyone [​IMG]
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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'
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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 couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
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    Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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    Coca-Cola was originally green.
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    It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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    The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:

    Alaska
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    The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
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    The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
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    The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:
    $ 16,400
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    The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:
    61,000
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    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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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 because 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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    Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Han**** and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
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    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
    A. Their birthplace
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    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
    A. Obsession
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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 have in common?
    A. All were invented by women.
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    Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
    A. Honey
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    Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
    A. Father's Day
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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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    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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    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 frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
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    YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2007 when...

    1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

    2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

    3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

    4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

    5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

    6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

    7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

    8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

    10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

    11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

    12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

    13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

    14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

    15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
     
  2. eolsunder1

    eolsunder1 Guest

    I tried to lick my elbow. ... <sniff>
     
  3. eolsunder1

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    Honey is ONE food that doesn't spoil. Sugar doesn't spoil, but I don't know if you catagorize sugar as a food, or something else. Most high sugar based products don't spoil much. I'm pretty sure pure maple syrup just hardens upon contact to air, but doesn't spoil also.

    Bulletproof vests were invented by a man. Patents as far back as 1900-1940's. Midevil Japanese first invented the idea of bulletproof vests made from silk. A woman was largely credited with MODERNDAY KEVLAR bulletproof vests, since she headed the research team which created KEVLAR.

    Laser printer was invented by Gary from Xerox research. A man

    Women did invent the fire escape, and the windshield wiper. A woman also invented recently a disposable cell phone made of paper material. You get the phone, can call using a built in limit calling card, and when done, can throw away. The "phone" is made from a huge circuit board on paper material, folded up into a "cell phone" layout complete with dialing buttons. Think of it as a phone card, that you can actually use as a phone. Pretty cool huh.
     
  4. Guest

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    i cant really belive that africa is only 28% wilderness....
    I mean the sahara covers bout what 50% of africa and last time i checked, there wasnt much of anything there besideds wilderness.
     
  5. Hunters' Moon

    Hunters' Moon Grand Inquisitor
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    <blockquote><hr>

    i cant really belive that africa is only 28% wilderness....
    I mean the sahara covers bout what 50% of africa and last time i checked, there wasnt much of anything there besideds wilderness.

    [/ QUOTE ] I think he means wooded wilderness and not the desert wilderness you may be thinking of.
     
  6. Samaira

    Samaira Lore Master
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    <blockquote><hr>

    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

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Ah, so Charlemagne is the suicide king, then... He is also the only King that does not sport a mo. In most decks, Spades carries a short sword and Clubs a long, with Diamonds having an axe. Interestingly, in my favourite deck, Alexander sports a long-handled key rather than a weapon...

    A humble deck of cards is actually loaded with history and allusion... anyone with a passing knowledge of the Tarot will know that each suit stands for a classical element - Spades is Swords, which represents Air; Hearts is Wands which represents Fire; Diamonds is Pentacles or Coins which represents Earth; and Clubs is Cups which represents Water.

    Four suits, four seasons. Fifty-two cards, fifty-two weeks in a modern calendar year.

    A deck of playing cards is such a universal thing, I still can't believe that when I started training at a casino there were people in my intake that didn't even know what all the suits were called :O


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    You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

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    SO guilty of this one *grins*
     
  7. I have read this bit about the kings but it doesn't make sense with the symbolism. The cards are taken from the tarot.

    According to Manly P Hall:

    "The four armed kings are the Egyptian Ammonian Architects who gouged out the universe with knives. They are also the cardinal signs of the zodiac."

    and

    "The Grand Master of the Order of the Cards is the king of clubs, who carries the orb as emblematic of his dignity."

    but what did he know . . .?

    ZO