Thursday Thirteen #6
I just love trivia! So, in the interest of being more than just an entertaining blog, this frog princess would also like to be able to say that my friends found hopping on my lilypad educational as well. Here then are some little bits which you probably never knew (or even thought about). I hope you find them as fascinating as I do.
1. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? All were invented by women.
2. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? Father's Day
3. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? One thousand
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
8. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
9. Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
10. 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".
11. 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."
12. 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".
13. 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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