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Unread postby MrCharlie » February 13th, 2006, 10:24 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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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

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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 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...)

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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: $6,400

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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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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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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.

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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~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

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Unread postby MPRep » February 14th, 2006, 12:17 am

I tried to lick my elbow.....lol :oops:
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Unread postby Nick-YF19 » February 14th, 2006, 7:21 am

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.


I call this one. First, how does one die in battle without getting wounded? So the first 2 things make no sense. Second, the statue of George Washington in Richmond Virgina has him on a horse with one of the horse's front legs in the air. George Washington did not die in battle.

Equestrian statue of George Washington and Monument, Capitol Grounds

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Unread postby kid » February 14th, 2006, 8:55 am

It doesnt say that 1 leg in the air means they died in battle, it says they died as a results of wounds they got in battle!

However I have no idea how George Washington died, so ignore me :)
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Unread postby 'KotaGuy » February 14th, 2006, 2:05 pm

Washington died Dec 14, 1799 after becoming ill.

He was, at that time, Commander in Chief of the army(appointed in 1798). He had retired from the presidency in 1797 and was preparing his army for battle against the French.
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Unread postby kid » February 15th, 2006, 4:33 am

Ah but was he ill cos he got a cold during conflict? lol j/k
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Unread postby Nick-YF19 » February 15th, 2006, 7:49 am

No, GW died many years after he was in battle. It is said it was syphilis that he died from though.

I've seen most of the things from that list. I'm sure several are on snopes.com listed as BS. I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but some of those things have been circulating the net for years.
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Unread postby Pollux.Castor » February 15th, 2006, 7:49 am

Maybe it coudl be better worded:

"If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died on the battlefield. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died later as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Unread postby Nick-YF19 » February 15th, 2006, 7:51 am

That makes more sense.
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