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hillsbororiver

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More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« on: December 16, 2006, 12:53:34 PM »

 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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 Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than
 the U.S. Treasury.
 
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 Men can read smaller print better 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...)
 
 
 
 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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 Only two people signed the Declaration of
 Independence on July 4th, John
 Hancock 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 all 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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 

 
 
 
 At least 75% of people who read this will try to
 lick their elbow!
 

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rrammfcitktturjsp

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2006, 02:42:17 PM »

I did not lick my elbow, but my neighbor tried to.  We all had a great laugh this morning.

  My husband is telling her another one which I will post it in another topic.

  Sincerely,


  Anne C. McGuire
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gmik

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2006, 03:16:26 PM »

Cool Trivia.  Love to learn how we got our expressions.
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iris

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2006, 09:32:30 PM »

I could not lick my elbow, but got within four inches.  ;D ;D ;D
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Deborah-Leigh

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2006, 05:11:19 AM »

 ;D  ;D  ;D

Thank you Joe!
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hillsbororiver

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Frog and toad useless facts........
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2006, 01:41:07 PM »

Frogs do not need to drink water as they absorb the water through their skin.

In 1864, A Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hailstone.

The Spring peeper (a frog) can survive the winter season with 65% of its body water as ice.

The fire-bellied toad has a bright red belly that it displays to predators as a defense mechanism. It is also a warning that the toad's skin is poisonous.

The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water.

The smallest frog is the "Brazilian baby frog", which is smaller than a dime.

Unlike a frog a toad cannot jump.

When threatened, the horned toad shoots blood from it's eyes.  :o

Wood frogs can be frozen solid and then thawed, and continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are in a frozen state.

I believe God's sense of humor is sometimes revealed in His creatures (not just humans either)

Joe
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Deborah-Leigh

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2006, 03:23:41 PM »

Yes! Excellent  ;D
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buddyjc

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2006, 07:09:14 PM »

I'm in the 75%   ;D
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iris

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2006, 09:06:58 PM »

When I was a young child, my siblings and I had a game we would play after it got dark.

We would take an old quart size canning jar, take an ice pick and punch holes in the lid,

and then run around the yard and fields that were near the house and collect as many

frogs or toads as we could find. The one that found the most was the winner.

We, of course, let all the frogs loose afterwards.  ;D

Sometimes we would go after lighting bugs instead of frogs.  :D


Iris
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rrammfcitktturjsp

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006, 11:31:48 PM »

Iris,

  Our highlight of each summer growing up would be to get a shoebox and fix it up with tissues, twigs, and leaves.  We would then stake out the trees and wait for cicadas.  We loved to keep these in our room and hear them make their noises and have them walk on us.  When they died, I would bury them in my cemetry in front of my room window.

  Sincerely,


  Anne C. McGuire
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Brett

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Re: More (mostly) Useless Facts........
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2006, 01:18:23 AM »

Quote
It is impossible to lick your elbow.


I tried and tried, even I pulled my tongue to my elbow but OUCH that hurts!!! >:(

Brett ;D ;D
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