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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 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...)

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    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 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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    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?

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    YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 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.
    "The sword dose not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword dose not bear sin" Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac 11th century

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    Hey wait a minute, I think I can lick my elbow...
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    I can lick my wife's elbow. Does that count?
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

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    The horse statue one isn't true they way the hoofs are does not indicate how they died
    "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
    --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    The horse statue one isn't true they way the hoofs are does not indicate how they died
    Abolutely true! See Below...



    GEN. SIMON BOLIVAR: 18th at C and Virginia NW (1959). One hoof raised; died in peace of tuberculosis.

    MAJ. GEN. NATHANIEL GREENE: Stanton Square, Maryland and Massachusetts NE (1877). One hoof raised; died in peace, unwounded.

    MAJ. GEN. ANDREW JACKSON: Lafayette Park (1853). Two hooves raised; died in peace.

    LT. GEN. THOMAS J. (STONEWALL) JACKSON: Manassas (1940). All hooves on ground; wounded by own men and died.

    MAJ. GEN. PHILIP KEARNY: Arlington National Cemetery (1914). One hoof raised; died in battle.

    MAJ. GEN. GEORGE B. McCLELLAN: Connecticut Avenue and Columbia Road NW (1907). One hoof raised; died in peace, unwounded.

    BRIG. GEN. JAMES B. McPHERSON: McPherson Square, 15th between K and I streets NW (1876). One hoof raised; shot and killed in battle.

    BRIG. GEN. COUNT CASIMIR PULASKI: 13th and Pennsylvania NW (1910). One hoof raised; died in battle.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    Not all true, but kind of funny, especially when considering the origin of expressions and other legends. When an origin seems just too convenient and logical, it's usually been made up to create an explanation.

    For example,

    The Flintstones weren't the first prime-time TV couple in bed.

    Coca Cola was never green, although it did sometimes come in green bottles.

    The kings in the deck of cards don't represent any specific kings.

    As mentioned, the thing about horses and statues is false.

    The laser printer was not invented by a woman.

    Ps & Qs did not derive from pints & quarts.

    "Sleep tight" didn't show up until the 1860s - not Shakespearean.

    "Wet your whistle" has nothing to do with ceramic cups having built-in whistles.

    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    I can lick my wife's elbow. Does that count?
    Of course! So can the rest of us. But won't your wife get annoyed by so many people . . . .
    Cheers,
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