1. In the 1400’s a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have “the rule of thumb”
2. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
3. Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better.
4. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
5. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
6. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
7. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
8. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
9. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
10. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
11. 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
12. 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.”
13. 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”.
14. 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”
15. 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.