Makes ‘ya think…..

The Thinker


Here’s a little cranial stocking stuffer for you. Consider the following:

  • 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 was Fred and Wilma
  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
  • Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. 
  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow. 
  • The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska 
  • The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Now get this…
  • The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.
  • 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 
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer. 
  • The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments. 
  • 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 
  • 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 because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later. 
  • Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
    A. Their birthplace.
  • Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
    A. Obsession.
  • 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 
  • Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
    A. All were invented by women.
  • Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
    A.  Honey 
  • Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
    A. Father’s Day 
  • 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.”
  • 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. 
  • At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! 
  • Believe it or not, you can read the following:
    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 first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

You know you are living in 2009 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. Almost 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 no w 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. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list. 

14. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t#9 on this list.

Now, I hope you are laughing, because I know these sure made me giggle! Have a great day, and go lick your elbow!

PS — For more fun food for thought, click here and check out my friend Pat’s blog.

  1. OK lady, did these just come to you in the middle of the night? My husband and I had more fun with these yesterday — he fancies himself as quite knowledgeable on minutia, but many of these had him stumped.

    I was chagrined to see that I really know that I am in 2009. The one about checking email before getting your coffee was soooo true (eyes downcase, with a sheepish grin on my face). But just to set the record straight, I did NOT try to lick my elbow!

  2. I drink my coffee before I check email in the morning. Does that make me old-fashioned, stubborn, or a rebel?

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