Essential trivia

  • How can you live without knowing these things ?


    Coca-Cola was originally green.


    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.


    Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


    The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000


    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


    The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.


    The youngest pope was 11 years old.


    The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great King from history: Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs -Alexander, the Great Diamonds - Julius Caesar


    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.


    Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.


    Q. What do windscreen wipers and laser printers all have in common? A.Both invented by women.


    Q. What is the only food that doesn't go off? A. Honey


    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 or what 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 their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's here 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.


    In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F**K with the other letters in!) (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.


    In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

  • Hi!


    Very interesting, are they true? Cross your heart or swear on the good book!:flower:


    BTW what happend to the fourth king?.


    Thanks / Mats :cheers:

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    In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


    It'd be nice if it were true, but more realistically the word was derived from the verb "gowff" which is old Scots for "strike hard".


    ...and yeah, who's the fourth king. :D


    Good info though.

  • King James ? ;)


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    Rich
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  • re: Will's avatar.
    Great. Now we all have to post our pix.
    :) I'll pick up a copy of GQ this afternoon & see if there is one that I like.

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    Originally posted by XL-Dennis
    Didn´t we agree that neither You or me should put a picture of ourself here on the board


    And I'm not sure how to post a tin-type to the internet. ;)


    Software: OpenOffice 3.0/NeoOffice 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.5.6
    Humanware: Older than dirt


    Old, slow, and confused - but at least I'm inconsistent!


    Rich
    (retired Excel 2003 user, 3.28.2008)

  • From someone who works with playing cards professionally...........


    The fourth king is most popularly believed to be David ~ you know, the dude from the bible who killed the big bloke with a pebble.


    But in reality playing cards predate the whole concept by quite a long way.


    Regards
    Weasel


    ps try bandying the Golf one about my local course on a wednesday afternoon (ladies day) and the Optima # 2 wont be the only type of ball flying down the first fairway :angry:

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