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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 Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US 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: $6,400

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: 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 as a result 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 4th - 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 all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey

Q. On which day is 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

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The Spaniards used to run a "treasure ship" (called the "Black Ship:) from the newely discovered islands of the pacific to Japan and from there the treasure (gold, rare spices, etc) would be shiped to ports in Europe. The run wasn't all that dangerous ... except when they had to pass on set of small islands just off the Indonisian coast. The people of those islands were very ferocious, practiced piracy and were known as ..... the boogies.

Hence the phrase "The boogie man will get you if you don't watch out".

The islands, and the boogies, still exist today (though they have taken up more mundane pursuits!).

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OK snowflake,

You got me, im the idiot who just tried to lick my elbow!!!!

And guess what , tommorow is Mothers Day, and Im gonna get my whole idiotic family to try to lick theirs too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for making me feel stupid. just joking!


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Now, Dean! I looked ALL OVER for that information when you FIRST dropped the gauntlet and couldn't FIND IT! I kept getting the "use" of the word boogeyman - to keep kids in line in the 18th century, but could NOT find the actual origin!

Thanks (it was buggin' me to not know, but I wasn't going to tell YOU that! LOL)



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The problem is in the spelling. The "boogies" of Indonesia are actualy the "bugis". The island they inhabited is called Sulawasi. Type "Sulawasi" into your google and you'll get a bunch of info on them.

And no, I did NOT try to lick my eyebrows :)


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