#1 Dating Site for Successful Singles and Admirers
Millionaire Blogs > Cmgfilms's blogs > On a roll . . . more fun facts (for fun)
On a roll . . . more fun facts (for fun) Sort by:
Available only
to logged in members

total posts: 47
Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 04:08

Couldn't stop with just a few geographical facts, so here's some odd ones for you: The expletive, "Holy Toledo," refers to Toledo, Spain, which became an outstanding Christian cultural center in 1085. The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead. The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression. The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope. 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. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. The ridges on the sides of US coins are called reeding or milling. They were added during the Cowboy era because certain crooks would shave the silver off the edges to rip off the recipient of the coin. Back then, coins were smelted from pure silver as opposed to the mix of metals today. The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port. The side of a hammer is a cheek. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe. The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view. The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies canicular, or "days of the dog." The term "honeymoon" is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding. The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards." The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out. The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum. The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula. The ZIP in Zip-code stands for "Zoning Improvement Plan." Theodore Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to deliver an inaugural address without using the word "I". Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower tied for second place, using "I" only once in their inaugural addresses. A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue). A ghost writer pens an anonymous book. A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium. A speleologist studies caves. Anagrams amused the ancient Greeks, Romans and Hebrews, and were popular during the Middle Ages. Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles. Cannibalism, eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired." DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleicacid. In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it. In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple. Oddly, no term existed for "homosexuality" in ancient Greece - there were only a variety of expressions referring to specific homosexual roles. According to several linguists, the word "homosexual" was not coined until 1869 by the Hungarian physician Karoly Maria Benkert. Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called "crackers." They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. The "O" when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means "descendant of." The "y" in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a "th" sound, not "y". The "th" sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England used the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y". The ancient Romans built such an excellent system of roads that the saying arose "all roads lead to Rome," that is, no matter which road one starts a journey on, he will finally reach Rome if he keeps on traveling. The popular saying came to mean that all ways or methods of doing something end in the same result, no method being better than another. The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."


0 up Bookmark and Share
lovelylotus
Available only
to logged in members

total posts: 489
Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 16:40

I think I just fell in love a bit... Useless trivia is my FAVORITE! Now I have some more to add to my arsenal of random facts. OK, I got one! The phrase "Mind your p's and q's" originated in seaport bars. Most sailors were illiterate, so tabs were kept under the sailors names on a chalkboard- the bartender would put a mark under p, for pints or q for quart. On payday, saiors were expected to pay up, or mind their p's and q's. Pigs are physically incapable of looking at the sky and horses cannot vomit. Sharks are the only species that do not get sick. It is commonly believed that George Washington was the first president of the United States. This is not true- a man named John Hanson was actually the first president. He was elected unanimously in 1781 after the Articles of Confederation went into effect. There were six other presidents after him, each serving a term of one year. Washington only became President after the ratification and acceptance of The Constitution, in 1789. The five most stolen items in a drugstore are batteries, cosmetics, film, sunglasses, and Preparation H. Apparently people are too embarrassed to purchase the last item. And, just in case you are curious, one of Preparation H's main ingredient is shark liver oil. I love it!


Reply / add comments   Quote   Report abuse    0 up Bookmark and Share
Available only
to logged in members

total posts: 47
Posted on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 14:43

Thank you, Debbie =) I'm all serious and mean looking to me, but I do have my facial hair back so figured I'd use this one ;)


0 up Bookmark and Share
Follow - Email me when people comment