Apropos of nothing political…..

Our pal, Toy Insurance Bob, has just sent me a ton of absolutely useless information – far too much for one blog.  So I\’m posting some of it here.

I can\’t vouch for the accuracy of everything you are about to read, but I promise that it will hold your interest.

Keep reading and see for yourself:

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%.  The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.


San Francisco\’s 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 because 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 4, 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.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go to find the letter \’A\’?

A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

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.


 At the beginning of this blog, I said I would provide a treasure trove of absolutely useless information.  Did I lie? 

Ok, back to politics, where “absolutely useless” is often the better alternative.

Oh, one other thing, and be honest:  have you tried to lick your elbow yet?  Yeah, I tried too.

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