Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Well Known Phrases & Practices....

It has been a while since I checked my mails. Ever since I got back from Kuching I have been really busy - catching up on all my pending mails and tickets. Sigh. Anyway, after wrestling with it (work) for the past 2 days, I have somehow managed to resolve all my pending mails. So, today, I had the time pleasure of going through some of my mails. While I was at it, I came across an article or rather, an observation of interesting phrases and practices which were apparent ever since the 14th century. So do, enjoy the read:

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

Coca-Cola was originally green

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

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

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

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
- Their birthplace

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

- Obsession

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

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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