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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Interesting Stuff!

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. 

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
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 percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% 
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% 

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400 

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

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.. 
The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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 

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 

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence  on July 4, John Hancock 
and Charles Thomson.  Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later. 

You can't kiss your elbow. 

Feeling wiser? 


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jabblog said...

I'd heard some of these before, but not others. Always fascinating to learn more of the oddities of life :-)

Ann said...

It is a coward who beats his wife. Right now, I am helping a woman who was driven away from home at mid night, with the only clothes on her back and not a penny to her name.

lotusleaf said...

Good Morning, Sylvia! Now I have become wiser than my students:)

George said...

All of these are definitely interesting -- thanks for sharing them with us. But about that Monopoly money -- I'm afraid it may soon be worth more than the money printed by the U.S. Treasury!

Kay L. Davies said...

Now how many bloggers are trying to kiss their elbows?
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Team G Square said...

Just wonderful, esp golf and kissing the elbow . There is an Indian ancient proverb, "this just like applying honey to elbow and asking to lick " relating wonderful offers but of no use ...

Linda Reeder said...

"I didn't know that!" I said that about much of this list of facts. Always good to learn new stuff!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

A great collection of trivia and statistics. With 61,000 people every hour in the air I wonder how many are in the airport waiting to go through security, for the luggage, or waiting for the rental car shuttlebus? Hmmm

Lara @ Uproad said...

haha, not only interesting but also very funny :). yes, I feel a bit smarter now ;)

jo©o said...

You're so right:
I thought I could, but I can't.
Elbow kissing I mean.
Now I'll give you one:
the US has 58 people per square mile.
the UK: 600.

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