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Old 12-22-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT KNOWING THESE THINGS?
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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.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were
>> Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Coca-Cola was originally green.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> It is impossible to lick your elbow.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
>> Alaska
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>> The percentage of Africa that is wi lderness: 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: $6,400
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>> The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given
hour:
>> 61,000
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> The San Francisco Cable Cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from
>> history:
>> Spades - King David
>> Hearts - Charlemagne
>> Clubs -Alexander Th e Great
>> Diamonds - Julius Caesar
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 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.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th,
>> 1776 :
>> John Hancock and Charles Thomson.
>> Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't
>> added until 5 years later.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
>> Their birthplace.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until
>> you would find the letter "A"?
>> One thousand.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and
>> laser printers all have in common?
>> All were invented by women.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
>> Honey
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the
year?
>> Father's Day
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 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 ph rase......... "Goodnight, sleep
tight."
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 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.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 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"
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> 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 FINALLY ~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
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Old 12-23-2005, 02:11 PM   #2
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Okay, some of those facts are interesting...No, I did NOT try to lick my elbow!
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:05 PM   #3
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A few more----

On a statue where the horse has 4 feet in the air signifies a dead horse.

I have heard the GOLF definition was proven incorrect, but I like the story.

My daughter CAN lick her elbow and I will see if I can take a photo to prove it.
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:24 PM   #4
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Hmm, I always thought that when a statue had all four legs off the horse off the ground, it meant that the rider passed on a merry go round.
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Old 12-26-2005, 03:56 PM   #5
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As far as useless, but interesting facts go, I ran across this one last week.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

And as far as travel goes: Tuna swim at a steady rate of nine miles per hour for an indefinite period of time - and they never stop moving. Estimates indicate that a 15 year old tuna travels one million miles in its lifetime. Think of all the frequent cruiser miles they could rack up!
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Old 12-26-2005, 04:34 PM   #6
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I, being a certifiable dork, tried to lick my elbow but alas, no go.

Aren't the christmas holidays wonderful, I'm so bored I'm trying to lick my elbow.

I need to go back to work.

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Old 12-26-2005, 08:49 PM   #7
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Originally posted by silver cloud@Dec 26 2005, 06:34 PM
I, being a certifiable dork, tried to lick my elbow but alas, no go.

Aren't the christmas holidays wonderful, I'm so bored I'm trying to lick my elbow.

I need to go back to work.

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Hey, at least you are not a dog or a cat?

Elbows seem pretty innocuous to me!
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:55 AM   #8
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According to Snopes.com the bit about the statues is an urban myth and I have heard several other stories concerning the origin of the words Golf and Honeymoon. So I don't know how accurate these bits of trivia are however they are still fun.
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Ha- nope!


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Hey, at least you are not a dog or a cat?**

Elbows seem pretty innocuous to me!
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