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  • Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled that it was for “gentlemen only...and that ladies were forbidden”... thus the word GOLF entered  into the English language.

  • In the 1400’s a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.  Hence we have “...the rule of thumb.”

  • 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 in the US Treasury.

  • Men can read smaller print than women, but women have better hearing.

  • Coca-Cola was originally green, and contained cocaine.

  • The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.

  • The twenty-eight percent of Africa is wilderness but, now get this... thirty-eight percent of North America is wilderness.

  • The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

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

  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

  • The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

  • 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 five years later.

  • Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.

  • In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When one 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 as lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

  • 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.         

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From the Scot’s Dictionary 

·          pap: To pap something is to throw it.

·          Pape: Pape is an offensive and derogatory name for a Roman Catholic.

·          peen: A peen is a pin.

·          peely-wallie: Someone who is pale and unhealthy-looking.

·          perjink: A person who is perjink is neat and precise about things to the point of being fussy or prim.

·          piece: A piece is a sandwich or slice of bread eaten as part of a packed lunch or as a snack. A piece and cheese.

·          pit: Pit means put. Ex. Where did he pit it?

·          plot: To plot is to sweat.

·          plump: A plump is a sudden downfall of rain. Ex. A heavy plump sent everyone running for cover.

·          plunk: To plunk school is to play hooky, or cut class.

·          poke: A poke is a small bag, usually of paper or cellophane, as in ...a poke of chips.

·          pokey-hat: An ice cream cone.

·          postie: A mailman or mailwoman.

·          prig: A verb meaning to beg or plead. It took a lot of prigging to get her to go.

·          puddock: A puddock is a frog or toad (either one).

·          Puggy: An ATM machine.

·          pump: To pump is to break wind.

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