Hey everybody it’s Fun Friday!
It’s time for a little humor and some interesting/worthless facts.
- Did you know that the word gullible is not in the dictionary?
- A shrew must eat every 4 hours or he will starve to death
- A shrews heart beats 1000 times per minute
- It’s impossible to preheat an oven
- All the insects in the world outweigh all the humans and animals combined
Where Did That Saying Come From?
Ever wonder where some of those terms and phrases we use every day came from?
Well, I have, and so I looked some up. I discovered many have some pretty interesting origins.
Giving someone the cold shoulder: In medieval times in England, it was customary to treat travelers well that knocked on your door. Usually, the strangers were given drink and fed a hot meal. If you overstayed your welcome however, and it was time to eat again, instead of saying something like, “Hey, I fed you once already, it’s time you moved on”, in lieu of a hot meal, the host would bring out a cold shoulder of meat which signified to the visitor, it was time to go. Hence, giving someone the cold shoulder became part of the language.
The Rule of Thumb: The ladies aren’t going to like this one. Back in merry old England in the 18th century, it was legal for a man to beat his wife. He could even use a stick. However, even brutes had rules and the rule was; if you are going to use a stick to hit your wife with, the sticks’ circumference could not be larger than that of the man’s thumb.
I would guess that more men with little thumbs were married during that period than any other type.
Mind your Ps and Qs: Back in the day, in the pubs of England, the waitresses didn’t have time to write down who ordered what drink. Some patrons were drinking Pints and some were ordering Quarts. The servers devised a method of keeping track by referring to pints as Ps and quarts as Qs as it was much easier to keep track of. Thus, minding your Ps and Qs became the catch phrase.
Throwing in the Towel: This originated from the boxing game to signify surrender to the opponent. It first occurred in 1913 when after his fighter was being unmercifully pummeled, the corner threw in the towel to get the referees attention to let him know to stop the fight. Ironically, before the towel, they used to throw in the sponge, but it meant the same thing, capitulation.
Well, it’s time to wrap this up.
Here’s a cute video of babies and animals to enjoy.
Have a great weekend!