WEEK 2 DECEMBER 2011
For something different in this festive season, here are a few funny facts to share. Enjoy!
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.
111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
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
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 is impossible to lick your elbow.
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’
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
Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
Ann Quinn, Ph.D Peak Performance Specialist