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1. 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. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.

 

2. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. "Uses every letter in the alphabet. (developed by Western Union to test telex/twxcommunications.)

 

3. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

 

4. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the . 50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

 

5. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

 

6. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, GP.

 

7. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."

 

8. 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 "honeymoon."

 

9. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

 

10. 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.

 

And last but not least.

 

11. 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. U. C. K. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

 

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Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

 

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

 

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

 

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

 

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

 

There are more chickens than people in the world.

 

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

 

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

 

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

 

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

 

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

 

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

 

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

 

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

 

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

 

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

 

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

 

Los Angeles' full name is

 

"El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de orciuncula."

 

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

 

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

 

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

 

In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

 

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

 

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's, "It's a Wonderful Life."

 

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

 

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

 

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

 

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

 

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

 

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

 

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

 

Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister and was a sniper in Vietnam.

 

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

 

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

 

"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

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11. 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. U. C. K. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

 

 

 

Can't be. You couldn't have premarital sex under the consent of the King, I can't see that. Fornication means sex before marriage. I figure this is just a joke.

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The sad part is, I knew almost all of these already :confused

 

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

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Hehe.....pretty obvious why

 

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Which makes the bill wrong, because only the states that were part of the Union during Lincoln's presidency are sculpted into the real Lincoln Memorial (37 of them I believe) with the years they joined the Union.

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lil more...

 

Coke would be green if it wasn't for the food coloring.

 

Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.

 

Pigs can get a sunburn twice as bad as humans

 

There are over 350 species of Shark's in the world.

 

A piece of the sun about the size of a tip of a pen can vaporize everything within a thousand mile radius.

 

In one year a hen can lay from 250 to 300 eggs!

 

One ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.

 

There are more sheep in Australia than people.

 

The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees!

 

More people are injured by cats, dogs, and pigs

each year then by Great White Sharks.

 

The slowest animal in the world is the three-toed sloth.

 

The longest recorded life span of a tapeworm was 35 years!

 

The Sahara desert in Africa is as large as all of the United States. It covers an area of over 3 million square miles!

 

It takes about 20 years for a coral reef to grow 1 foot!

 

The continent of Antarctica is the only continent with no trees. It doesn't have a single one!

 

The Sahara desert in Africa is as large as all of the United States. It covers an area of over 3 million square miles!

 

The Moon has about 3 trillion craters larger than 3 feet in diameter!

 

It takes Jupiter almost 12 earth years to orbit the Sun. The length of a day on Jupiter,

about 10 hours.

 

The adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds (1,300-1,400 g).

 

The total number of human taste buds (tongue, palate, cheeks) is about 10,000.

 

The total weight of skin in an average adult human is 6 lb.(2.7 kg).

 

Each eye of the dragonfly contains 30,000 lenses.

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11. 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. U. C. K. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

 

 

 

Can't be. You couldn't have premarital sex under the consent of the King, I can't see that. Fornication means sex before marriage. I figure this is just a joke.

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I think its true my history teacher last year told us about this when we were talking about this time period.

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http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-wet1.htm

 

[Q] From David Means, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA: ?I got yet another of those e-mail ?Fun Facts? pages forwarded to me with a lot of false etymologies. I was able to find refutations for all but one of these on your site. Can you help prove or disprove this one: ?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?. I find this explanation too pat and so immediately distrust it. Can you help??

[A] You?re right to distrust it. These e-mail pieces are fun to read, but they combine a morsel of truth with a large serving of invention. They lie at one extreme of the spectrum of folk or popular etymology, and they?re a very good illustration of the way that mistaken ideas about words and phrases can disseminate.

You can be sure that no pub cup or mug ever had a whistle fitted to it for this purpose. If you wanted another drink, you went up to the bar and asked for it; if the place was posh enough to have table service, you most certainly wouldn?t blow a whistle to get attention! You sometimes see such mugs today, but they?re the pottery equivalent of your e-mail, a joke on a long-established saying.

In the expression, whistle is just a joking reference to one?s mouth or throat and to the fact that one can?t easily whistle when one?s mouth is dry. It?s a very ancient expression: its first recorded appearance is in Chaucer?s Canterbury Tales at the end of the fourteenth century, and it must surely be even older.

You can sometimes see the phrase as whet one?s whistle, as though it is in need of sharpening. It would seem that those who first wrote it that way?more than 300 years ago?were as unsure of the real source of the expression as many of us are today. I shudder to think what the anonymous writer of your e-mail message might make of that version.

 

 

 

Also:

 

http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/f***.htm

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