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  1. rudeboy

    rudeboy New Member

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    interesting stuff....

    [FONT=Verdana, arial, Helvetica]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: $16,400

    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.

    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.

    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
    A. Their birthplace

    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
    A. Obsession

    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 bulletproof 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 Babylo n 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.

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

    Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

    I cdnuolt 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 pclae. 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?

    YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 200 7 when...

    1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

    2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

    3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

    4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

    5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

    6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

    7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

    8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

    10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

    11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

    12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

    13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

    14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

    15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
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  2. rudeboy

    rudeboy New Member

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    the statue explanation is false according to Snopes:
    http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.asp

    mind your P's and Q's- The etymology suggests that this is the explanation for the phrase, though both reasonings could be correct-

    "1. In the olden days of printing, typesetting was done by actually choosing each letter and putting it in the type frame to be inked and then printed. Because the letters "p" and "q" look the same -- reversed -- there was often a mixup. Remember, that the letters appear backwards to the typesetter, so that they will show up in their usual fashion when they are pressed to paper. [The problem with this explanation, however, is that there is no similar expression for "b" and "d" -- two other letters that are reversed."

    actual etymology of the word "GOLF"-
    does not stand for Gentlemen only, Ladies Forbidden
    http://golf.about.com/cs/historyofgolf/a/hist_golfword.htm
  3. cheri

    cheri Active Member

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    hold on im cathcing my breath from reading that...jk
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    n99hockey Moderator Staff Member

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    very interesting!!!
    thanks for fact checking some of those:tounge:
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    I must remember that rule of thumb, in case the woman gets outa line
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    rudeboy New Member

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    you're getting old ma'am :}

    ni problemo... i do what i can :}

    wghahahahaha :}
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    cheri Active Member

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    yes siree, big Dutch man, older, wiser, softer around the edges.
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    odd... I can lick my elbow. Could be why the woman likes me so much :)
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    TarHeelsRule! New Member

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    Well, that was informative! More useless tidbits to store in me brain. :)
  10. cheri

    cheri Active Member

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    hahahaha ! yeah she is lucky alright! nothing beats a face man!
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    that's too much to read for cheri :}
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    mike250rs New Member

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    * grabs a bag of popcorn and awaits reaction*
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    rudeboy New Member

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    whahahahahaa... hey we might get lucky, and she will argue naked as you suggested :}
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    mike250rs New Member

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    good point..now where are my 3d glasses..
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    rudeboy New Member

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    depending on her age... we may not need those *ough* :}

    *runs out of thread, really fast*
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    oh damn... *puts on body armor*
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    Ohhhhhh! I'm soooooo happy that I am not you guys today!
    It was nice knowing you both and don't forget to put me in your wills..ok?
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    whahahahahahaha.... we'll be a'ight, i can run pretty fast :}

    *getting a headstart.... byeeeeeeeeeeeee*
  20. mike250rs

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    i'm not scared

    * has EMS on standby *

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