stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know

Being a bit of a trivia buff this email appealed to me

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”
> 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.
> Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury.
> Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
> 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
> The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…)
> The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
> The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
> 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 the 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.
> Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
> A. Their birthplace
> 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
> Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser
> printers all have in common?
> A. All were invented by women.
> Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
> A. Honey
> Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
> A. 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 phrase……… “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.
> Don’t delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you
> canread it:
> I cnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The
> phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde
> Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the
> olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit
> plcae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a
> porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by
> istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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