Monday, 9 June 2008

More did you know..

John Glenn, the American who first orbited the Earth, was showered with 3,529 tonnes of ticker tape when he got back. (Good job a lot of it missed!)

Native American Indians used to name their children after the first thing they saw as they left their tepees subsequent to the birth. Hence such strange names as Sitting Bull and Running Water. (Imagine children here called Hospital Trolley or Green Corridor)

Catherine the First of Russia, made a rule that no man was allowed to get drunk at one of her parties before nine o'clock.

Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation. ( they'll never know if you go blind?)

The Dutch in general prefer their french fries with mayonnaise.(That's as bad as David's salad cream and honey sandwiches!)

Harry S Truman became the President of the USA on 12 April 1945. The initial S in the middle of his name doesn't in fact mean anything. Both his grandfathers had names beginning with 'S', and Truman's mother didn't want to disappoint either of them.

One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter, half tonne cheese. (The stuff of nightmares?)

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother, they were both deaf.

In parts of Malaya, the women kept harems of men.

The childrens' nursery rhyme 'Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses' actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.

The word 'denim' comes from 'de Nimes', Nimes being the town the fabric was originally produced.
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1 comment:

  1. The Harry S Truman story reminds me of R B Jones who had problems because no-one (particularly bureaucracy) would believe that he only had initials and no 'names'. In response to his completing a form R(only) B(only) Jones he became officially known to the IRS as Ronly Bonly Jones.


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