Welcome to Netrider ... Connecting Riders!

Interested in talking motorbikes with a terrific community of riders?
Signup (it's quick and free) to join the discussions and access the full suite of tools and information that Netrider has to offer.

Interesting Facts

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Pink Angel, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. 1. In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb".

    2. 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.

    3. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

    4. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

    5. Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

    6. Coca-Cola was originally green.

    7. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

    8. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

    9. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    10. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

    11. 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

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

    13. 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.

    14. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?......One thousand.

    15. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laserprinters all have in common?......All invented by women.

    16. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?......Honey.

    17. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames byropes.When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bedfirmernto sleep on. Hence the phrase........."goodnight, sleep tight."

    18. 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.

    19. 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 pintsand quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

    20. 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 can read it.

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. 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 rghitn 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?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~

    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow...
  2. hehe, at least I'm not alone :) :roll:
  3. I would like to make a correction for no. 7 its impossible to lick your elbow with you tongue.

    A show called "Brainiacs" on channel Ten, also tried to prove that it is impossible to lick your elbow with your tongue. but in the next show they came back saying that it is possible, they have recieved many emails comtaining photos of people who have done exactly that.

    So if your are able to lick your elbow with your tongue, you are one of the many few that are truly special :p
  4. Amazing thing about that jumbled paragraph, was that so long as I didn't actually try to work out each word, and just "skim read it", I was actually able to read it pretty much as quickly as I normally do.

    Now I do find that most fascinating.
  5. I can add one to your list, if memory serves... The 3 reasons behind "God Bless You" when someone sneezes.
    1. People thought it was a sign that someone was showing symptons of the plague.
    2. when you sneeze , your heart stops for a nanosecond.
    3. ( my favourite) People used to think when you sneezed, your soul could escape through your mouth.
    All of the above obviously worried people through the ages, so you needed as many blessings as possible.
  6. And please forward your contact details to Dear Deb to be distributed to those in most need.
  7. How else do you lick if not with your tongue??.
  8. You can not dress your dog as, The Queen of england .

    i.e, Put a crown on it's head call is the queen Elisibeth.

    Still to this day ,it's the only offence you can still be hanged for.

    You have been warned.LOL.
  9. Can't call a dog the Queen of England? Ooh there's a Camila joke or two in that.
  10. # 2 is wrong, but not for the reason you might think.
    The word GOLF actually derives from the customary activity of hitting, or FLOGging, the ball :LOL:
  11. Geez Gromit, get another hobby! :)
  12. Very interesting Angel. It's a dull & ignorant person that does'nt lean something new every day.
    Ya got anymore.