Didn't check Snopes on the veracity of these statements, I figured somebody here would shoot holes in any that aren't true.Clear Day 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 wereFred and Wilma Flintstone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than 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 invented by women. >~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q. Which day are 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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 What about one hundred and one? Or is that cheating!?Ollie
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 1 x 1 = 111 x 11 = 121111 x 111 = 123211111 x 1111 = 123432111111 x 11111 = 123454321111111 x 111111 = 123456543211111111 x 1111111 = 123456765432111111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321Numbers are funny aren't they?-- Ogre
What about one hundred and one? Or is that cheating!?Not really cheating, but technically incorrect. One hundred one, one hundred two, etc. is the correct form....or was your tongue in cheek?
It was tongue in cheek, but I'd love to see a citation for the "technically correct" way of pronouncing 101!Ollie
Aw Geez, you're going to make me work aren't you? It's just something I remember an old English teacher saying. (She used the Dalmations as an example of incorrect.)But the language has changed so much recently that I found citations for both forms:http://www.improb.com/news/2001/aug/math101.html
Aw Geez, you're going to make me work aren't you? It's just something I remember an old English teacher saying.I think it's also a cultural thing - in England we would always say and one whereas I rarely hear Americans use it.
ah, so heritage may be the source of my confusion.
Didn't check Snopes on the veracity of these statements, I figured somebody here would shoot holes in any that aren't true.Clear DayMany 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.FALSEhttp://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/golf.htmI didn't check Snopes on the veracity of the rest of the statments. I figured somebody here would find supporting evidence for any that are true.
Darn it, my intent was to snipe at the "post without fact-checking" attitude, without actually doing the reasearch myself. But, I had to check the second fact, and it comes up false as well:The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV wereFred and Wilma Flintstone. FALSEhttp://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/marykay.htmEvery day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury. FALSEMight have been true at one point, but the Fed prints 37 million notes a day (face value $696 million), while Parker Brothers prints $50 billion dollars a year, or $137 million a day. Each set has 240 notes at $15,140, so that's about 9048 sets a day, or 2.17 million notes a day, so the Fed has Parker Brothers beat on number and face value.http://www.kc.frb.org/fed101html/financialsrvcs/funfacts.htmhttp://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/pl/page.faq/dn/default.cfmThat's 0 for 3 - are any correct? I'm done with my research.
I had an elementary school teacher who insisted on "one hundred one" but also espoused "four and twenty blackbirds." To this American ear "one hundred and one" is correct but sounds a mite colloquial.KennyO
From William Strunk's The Elements of Style," considered by many the Bible of correct usage:"One hundred and one. Retain the and in this and similar expressions, in accordance with the unvarying usage of English prose from Old English times."Of course, my public speaking professor would upbraid us if we used the "and."Rich
English prose from Old English timesEver try to read The Canterbury Tales? :)Hey, congrats on the new initials! I got three new ones myself. They say "Captain, Ret.").
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