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. that's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight"
The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses
every letter in the alphabet. (developed by Western Union to test
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a
letter is uncopyrightable.
When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They
actually pass out from sheer terror.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every
because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the
weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the
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
whole 9 yards."
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
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
"General Purpose" vehicle, GP
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each
gallon of diesel that it burns.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected
No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever
won a Super Bowl.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or
In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a
year's supply of footballs.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating
are already married.
There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac
The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to
The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and
Budweiser, in that order.
When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25
miles per year.
Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale
On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's
nuclear weapons combined.
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"
or what 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 to
mind their own 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.