Things You Might Know


  1. Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton.

  2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

  3. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a ‘tittle.’

  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

  5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

  6. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

  7. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

  8. The ‘spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes.
       He was albino.

  9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system;
       a few ounces will kill a small-sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’ s  stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland
      because he doesn’t wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters,  the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that  stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.

17. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other  at the same time, hence multi-tasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan;
       there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with:
       orange, purple, and silver.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.  Also, it took him 10 
      years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly
      go mad and sting itself to death.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original ‘Halloween’
       was a Captain Kirk’s mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies,
you have $1.19.  You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know).

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless).

27. 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.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles.  At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories!  It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.  It ‘ s the same with apples.

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being
       the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into
       space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.


Did you know the saying “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water ?
It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat.
While in the south,Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. To return to Washington.
In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”
Because he capitalized the word “Creek” it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted.
Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back
while others showed both legs and both arms.
Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted,
but by how many limbs were to be painted.
Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.
Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered,
while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.
Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool.
They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes.
The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘big wig… ‘
Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700’s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair.
Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining.
The ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor.
Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal..
To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge.
They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair man.’
Today in business, we use the expression or title ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chairman of the Board.’

Personal hygiene left much room for improvement.. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood.
The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions.
When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’
Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’.
In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . .. . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front.
A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’ wore a tightly tied lace..

Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important.
Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars.
They were told to ‘go sip some Ale and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns.
Many assistants were dispatched at different times. ‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’
The two words ‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term ‘gossip.’

At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers.
A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming.
She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’
hence the phrase ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s’.
One more: bet you didn’t know this!
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons.
Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon.
However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck?
The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.
Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.
There was only one problem….how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others.
The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations.
However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it.
The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’
Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink
so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey;
Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’
(All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)


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