Interesting Facts

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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.

    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 a 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.

    In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer. 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 brides father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because there calendar was lunar based, the 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 to whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

    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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    I knew some of these but have also learnt some new ones. These are really interesting so thanks for sharing

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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 to whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

    Glad they don't do that now - what a racket. Would have to wear earplugs all the time:confused:
     
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    Aye, bingewhistling!

    Can just see the headlines in The Sun;)
     
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