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    Default Very interesting ...

    We ought to have a section especially for those 'interesting' emails we receive!



    VERY INTERESTING STUFF

    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 US 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...)

    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: $ 16,400
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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 US 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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    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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    The first one is a common misconception that has been repeated and cited so often, it's one of those people will absolutely swear is true. I even heard it once in grad school and got into quite an argument over it. You can check it out on Wikipedia: Rule of thumb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The second strikes me as wrong, too. Why would a sign in Scotland be in English? And why wouldn't every other sport invented in Scotland (or England, for that matter) be called GOLF, because I don't think women were generally allowed to participate in sport.
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    Ah the Internet, the fountain of all knowledge, true or false, good or bad, for better for worse..

    I enjoyed reading them, anyway, and many are quite plausible.

    But for anyone wanting to know what's behind all these proclamations Urban Legends is the place to look.

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    Just goes to prove that even email that looks interesting and possibly of some educational value can have cr@p.

    Makes one wonder about the accuracy of some of the other comments made.
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    I liked your post Glenda. I love all that stuff. I had a couple of books at home that told the origins of those old sayings, 'Red Herrings and White Elephants' and ;Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep'. Great fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda View Post
    Makes one wonder about the accuracy of some of the other comments made.
    The Internet is a wonderful souce of information but why do they have to ram it full of misleading cr@p and cr@p in general, when they could easily give us the good stuff. We must go around believing all sorts of rubbish that we've been fed that just isn't true. Seems like we have to double-check everything before we take it as gospel. It's like finding out that Santa doesn't exist (apologies to those who still think he does) and that the tooth fairy isn't who you think she is.

    Like Dawn, I love facts like that and soak them up like a sponge. Time to wring myself out, I think.
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    Some anagrams for you.

    DORMITORY:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    DIRTY ROOM

    PRESBYTERIAN:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    BEST IN PRAYER

    ASTRONOMER:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    MOON STARER

    DESPERATION:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    A ROPE ENDS IT

    THE EYES:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    THEY SEE

    GEORGE BUSH:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    HE BUGS GORE

    THE MORSE CODE:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    HERE COME DOTS

    SLOT MACHINES:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    CASH LOST IN ME

    ANIMOSITY:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    IS NO AMITY

    ELECTION RESULTS:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    LIES - LET'S RECOUNT

    MOTHER-IN-LAW:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    WOMAN HITLER

    SNOOZE ALARMS:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S

    A DECIMAL POINT:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    IM A DOT IN PLACE

    THE EARTHQUAKES:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    THAT QUEER SHAKE

    ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
    When you rearrange the letters:
    TWELVE PLUS ONE

    AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

    PRESIDENT CLINTON OF THE USA:
    When you rearrange the letters
    (With no letters left over and using each letter only once):
    TO COPULATE HE FINDS INTERNS
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