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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'

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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

A. One thousand

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.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when...

You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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Actually, it's one hundred and one. :)

And, yeah, OK I tried to lick my elbow... almost got there! :)

Baz

Ahhhhhhhhh TRUE LOVER OF THE ARTS :1prop:

Cheers Stewy

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This is from http://www.takeourword.com/TOW113/page1.html

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.

Has anyone ever seen one of these mugs? A picture of one? A written description of one, perhaps? Of course not, they never existed.

Since the middle ages, whistle has been used as a slang term for the throat. As in...

Let’s have no pitty, for if you do, here’s that shall cut your whistle.

- Beaumont and Fletcher, Coxcomb , 1612

So, to wet your whistle is simply "to wet your throat".

I like the "rule of thumb" explanation on the same website:

The phrase rule of thumb is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

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