Did you know?. Just some general knowledge I've accumulated from different sources over the years. I can't tell you how accurate they are, and I can't promise t where stuff supposedly comes from
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Did you know?

 
Did you know?. Just some general knowledge I've accumulated from different sources over the years. I can't tell you how accurate they are, and I can't promise t

Just some general knowledge I've accumulated from different sources over the years. I can't tell you how accurate they are, and I can't promise that all of them are actually true. But as far as I am aware, they are.

A Bit Of History To Start Your Day
2) Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. it
was ruled "Gentlemen Forbidden and thus
the word GOLF entered into the English language,
3) Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the
US Treasury.
5) Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great
king in history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
8) m Tudor England, women were expected to wear their hair
up in "wimples", Only their husband was permitted to see
thei real hai . When the husband went out of time, however,
some women would ''let their hair down", hence the phrase,
10) " was once common for people to believe in Sprites.
Sprites were supposedly spirits or ghosts that were
be Reved to enjoy wreaking havoc and causing trouble. If the
Sprites heard you ask for something, they were reputed to
try to make the opposite happen. Telling someone to "break
a leg" in theatre was an attempt to outsmart the Sprites and
in fact make something good happen. Sort of a medieval
reverse psychology.
11) 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."
15) Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their
hair.
16) Before tiles were used to make the roof of a house,
matching was used. Because it is made from a kind of straw,
the thatched rockes were a good place for animals to hide in
order to keep warm in winter. Although, when it rained, the
straw would be very slippery and animals would fall off the
roof into the house below. Hence the phrase, "it' s raining cats
and dogs".
17) In the 1800' s, people began to run out of room to bury their
dead. It was decided to dig up graves, burn the bones of the
people inside, and reuse the coffins to bury the more recently
deceased, (this is where "bon[ e] fire" comes from). When
opening the old coffins, it was found that there were scratch
marks on the inside - some people were not dead before they
were buried. To prevent this, a string was tied to the wrist of
someone presumed dead, and this string was attached to a
bell above ground when they were buried. It was the job of the
caretakers to look out for any ringing bells, so that the person
could be dug up. This is where the "graveyard shif I as well as
the phrases "dead ringer" and "saved by the bell" come from,
And now, I' saved the best till last.
20) In Tudor England, without the presence of knives and
fork's, citizens ate with their hands. It was common practice
to dip one finger into the mustard, and wipe it on your food. To
avoid getting the mustard on food where it wasn' t wanted, the
mustard finger" was held out, seperated from the rest of the
food. The mustard finger was normally the pinkie finger, which
is where the posh tradition of holding out one' s pinky (with tea
and stuff) originates.
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#86 - rcomeau (03/16/2012) [-]
well dear, back in the 1900s and early 2000s, they used cranks to roll they're window down, hence the term " roll down the window".
#26 - alfredlanning (03/16/2012) [-]
"When the husband went out of time"
#56 - fuckaduck (03/16/2012) [-]
So many of these are wrong!!!
So many of these are wrong!!!
User avatar #43 - MaxFabian (03/16/2012) [-]
Except not.
1) Either it is derived from the use of the thumb as a measurement device ("rule") or it is derived from use of the thumb in a number of apocryphal "rules" (law, principle, regulation, or maxim).

2) The word golf, or in Scots gouf, is usually thought to be a Scots alteration of Dutch "colf" or "colve" meaning "stick, "club", "bat"

4) At no time during Coca-Cola's history has the beverage been green. Coke has at times been bottled in green glass bottles, which perhaps explains the popularity of this particular rumor.

7) It can crystalize, however, and can develop mold, if improperly stored. "Salt" is also a good answer. It spoils even less than honey does. If your honey gets a bit damp, it can dilute it to the point that mold can grow on it. Salt just gets saltier.

8) Letting one's hair down was a commonplace part of women's daily activities in the 17th century. The hair was normally pinned up and was let down for brushing or washing.

Do i really need to go on?

Sources:

1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb
2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_golf
4) http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/green.asp
7) askville.amazon.com/food-spoil-answer-stumped-surp do?requestId=7591141
8) http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/228000.html
User avatar #53 to #43 - darklit (03/16/2012) [-]
Rule of thumb, don't try to legitimate stuff then put Wikipedia as a reference
User avatar #57 to #53 - MaxFabian (03/16/2012) [-]
Alright fair point.

The origin of the phrase remains unknown. It is likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eye-line, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement of an inch from the joint to the nail to the tip, or across the thumb, etc.
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/rule-of-thumb.html

One theory is that golf came from 'kolf', which is Dutch for 'stick' or 'club'. likely to mean 'goulf', (or, spelled gouff, goiff, goffe, goff, gowff, and golph etc. The concept of having only one correct spelling per word is a relatively modern notion,) which is an old Scottish term for striking or hitting.
http://askville.amazon.com/golf/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=1070266
#143 - AnomynousUser ONLINE (03/16/2012) [-]
Number 7 is wrong.
#166 - anon (03/16/2012) [-]
Almost all these facts are wrong... seriously, man, what the 			****		?
Almost all these facts are wrong... seriously, man, what the **** ?
#133 - evilsnail (03/16/2012) [-]
This guy would beat the **** out of his wife
#153 to #133 - sarhon ONLINE (03/16/2012) [-]
HOLY ****
#111 - furrytoes (03/16/2012) [-]
mfw I read the "green" Coca-Cola one.
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User avatar #118 - shunkahawolf (03/16/2012) [-]
actually mind your P's and Q's came from the printing press because lower case p's and q's would sometimes be accidentally swapped
User avatar #131 to #118 - annoyingsmartguy (03/16/2012) [-]
You are correct. Thank you.
#29 - beresford (03/16/2012) [-]
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#69 - jordanish (03/16/2012) [-]
12 is wrong. Honey moon comes from two places; Egypt and Saxon England. Egyptians (way back when they had pharaohs and were the pinnicle of culture) used to be given honeyed mead for a month from their new father in law. In Saxon England (when the bible was changed in the 1500's) they called it the month of marriage when everything is sweetest (Deuteronomy 24:5)
Check yo facts boy
User avatar #73 to #69 - jordanish (03/16/2012) [-]
Also the kings and cards is right
for anyone who wants to argue Julius Ceaser proclaimed himself king (not publically but still). The title (because Ceaser was a title) was also pronounced Kuh-eye-sahr or Kaiser (German for king)
#10 - bobthestarship (03/16/2012) [-]
#6 Is wrong, Alan Davies quoted that on QI and when the QI Elves researched into it, it turned out to be false

I dare you to find a relation in this pic.
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#186 - alexrider (03/16/2012) [-]
Raining Cats and Dogs comes from the poor drainage in medieval times.  Animals would die due to heavy floods, and the animals would float in the street.
Raining Cats and Dogs comes from the poor drainage in medieval times. Animals would die due to heavy floods, and the animals would float in the street.
#95 - Hayzer (03/16/2012) [-]
The golf one is wrong. Don't argue with me, I'm ******* Scottish.
#94 - kraetyz (03/16/2012) [-]
All of these are false. Go **** yourself.
#165 - anon (03/16/2012) [-]
"Break a leg" comes from the fact that the area of the proscenium arch (front wall of the stage) that the curtains sit behind is known as the "legs" of the stage. During repeated curtain calls this can become damaged by the repeated opening and closing of the curtains. Therefore to say "break a leg" means you are wishing the cast lots of curtain calls. (Discovered while doing a performing arts degree).
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#121 - iamabunwolf (03/16/2012) [-]
if you can find the origion of the term "eighty-sixed" i will love you forever
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