WELCOME to Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
So much of what we assume, upon further scrutiny, we discover to be just plain wrong. Collected here are some
bits of trivia that poke holes in our most coveted myths, misconceptions and outright falsehoods.
Ninjas, historically, didn’t wear black. For nighttime operations, they wore dark blues, dark grays, and browns.
Although most people believe Napoleon was short, he was actually five feet six inches tall, an average height for a Frenchman in those days.
The idea that it is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker is a myth.
Nonalcoholic beer isn’t. Most brands of non-alcoholic beer contain about .5% alcohol.
Even though you might think so, America is not the world’s top producer of feature films. That honor goes to India.
The “v” in the name of a court case does not stand for “versus,” but for “and” (in civil proceedings) or “against” (in criminal proceedings).
White paws on cats are commonly called “boots” when, in fact, they are actually referred to as “gloves.”
Contrary to popular belief, gladiators were lousy fighters in real combat. They were trained solely for arena fighting. On the actual battlefield, their skills were mediocre.
Potatoes weren’t originally grown as food. They were grown for use as ornamental decorations.
Shoemakers are commonly called “cobblers,” but correctly speaking, a cobbler is a shoe repairman. A shoemaker is a “cordwainer.”
Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders didn’t ride, ever, during the Spanish-American War. In fact, they weren’t Teddy’s. He was second in command.
Despite what you might think, just 20% of the Sahara is covered with sand. The rest is rocky.
The nose isn’t the only thing that the Sphinx is missing. It once had a royal beard, a cobra emblem, and other pieces of masonry. Bits of what is left of the beard are in the British Museum.
Ducks are never male. The males of the species are called drakes.
The day after Thanksgiving is reported to be the “busiest shopping day of the year,” but it’s not true. In terms of sales, the highest sales day of the year is usually either the last Saturday before Christmas or December 23.
The first umbrellas weren’t intended to protect people from the rain. They were invented by the ancient Egyptians to shield them from the sun.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Have a wonderful Wednesday people and whatever you do,
don’t forget to LAUGH IT UP! Peace, I am outta here, Eucman!
QUOTES OF THE DAY
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?”
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”
G U A R A N T E D T O M A K E Y O U L A F F….
But baby pigeon said, “I can’t make it; I’ll get too tired.” His mother said, “Don’t worry; I’ll tie a piece of string to one of your legs and the other end to mine.” The baby started to cry. “What’s wrong?” said the mother. “I don’t want to be pigeon towed!”
Tuesday’s Movie Trivia of the day!‘ What movie is this quote from??? “Gig for Bean!”
Answer: Cadence! Martin Sheen’s character rules with an iron fist over the troops. Every time anyone acts up in ANY way they get a gig “and gigs are bad!” Charlie Sheen plays the rebel soldier who questions not only the authority but the sanity of his commanding General (Martin Sheen). All the while learning from the leader of the new group he was added to (Lawrence Fishbourne).
Wednesday Movie Trivia of the day! What movie is this quote from??? “You’re turning into a one-woman USO!”
Tuesday’s Quizzler is……….
A man wanted to get into a members only club so he hid and watched the guard at the door of the club house. The guard said a number to each member as they approached, and the member would respond with a number of their own. If the member responded with the correct number they were let in. If they responded incorrectly they were thrown out. One member came up to the door, the guard said twelve, and the member responded with six and was let in. Another member came to the door, the guard said six and the member responded with three and was let in. Believing he had heard enough, the reject went up to the guard. The guard said ten, and the reject said five, but was not let in. What should the reject have said?
ANSWER: He should have said three, the number of letters in the number the guard said.
Wednesday’s Quizzler is……….
Whenever a phrase or sentence becomes part of the common language, there is a strong possibility that it will be quoted inaccurately.
Over the course of time, a letter gets shifted or a word is changed and forevermore the quotation becomes a cliche that nobody ever gets quite right.
Try to complete each proverbial cliche:
1.) ” I only regret that I have but one life to ______ for my country.” – Nathan Hale
2.) “Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no ______ .”
3.) “Music hath charms to soothe ______ .” – William Congreve
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