Saturday, August 25, 2012

History Shorts

When tea was first introduced into England, people threw away the liquid and ate the leaves, seasoned with salt and pepper.

The Duke of Wellington had one of the hooves of his horse Copenhagen that he had ridden at Waterloo sawed off and made into an inkwell.

In 1618, King James I, King of England, decreed that people could do certain sports after church worship on a Sunday. [Puritans later burned James's declaration.]

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain. - Pierre Trudeau [former Prime Minister of Canada]

In September 2001, the Democratic Republic of the Congo discovered that it had 21,652 civil servants on its payroll who did not exist.
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17 comments:

  1. Hooves of his horse? Ack!

    Hope you're out enjoying the boat! big hugs xoxo

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  2. I have to agree with Barb, the hoof of the horse is gross. But guess it wasn't back those dark ages. At least I am not that old. Have a great week end Sandee.

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  3. interesting! enjoy that boat honey!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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  4. Nice to read! Merry boating!

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  5. Didn't know that one about tea leaves---eating is better than reading tea leaves, but then how would I know, never did either.

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  6. Interesting tidbits. Ouch... poor horse. I can totally see the Congo numbers happenin'. Have a great weekend!!!!

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  7. I hope the hoof was removed AFTER the horses death!

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  8. Never did try eating the boiled leaves but the should be healthy. A little caffeine and a bit of fiber.

    In Texas we also import 'lawn mowing crews.'
    ..

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  9. Fun shorts. I wouldn't have thought the Congo HAD twenty-one thousand civil servants.

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  10. That is far fewer than the number of civil servants in the US who play dead.

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  11. One day, the Democratic Party of the United States will discover that they have 2.2 million civil servants who exist, but don't work.

    The voters will discover that they have 435 Representatives and 100 Senators who work extremely hard at getting nothing done.

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  12. I trust the Duke's poor horse was dead before it's hoof was removed!
    Maybe u should start throwing away the broccoli and just drink the water! Who knows what might result?

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  13. That's kind of on the gross side sawing off a hoof to use as an ink well. EWWWWWW.

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  14. Very interesting bits of information there! Thanks for sharing. Here's one for you being out there on the left coast - when I was living out in Monterey - Carmel passed a law that you can't eat ice cream while standing on the sidewalks. Look it up - it might still be in effect!

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  15. Good shorts...well, maybe not that horse hoof thingy. Love Drillers comment!

    Big hugs from Mayberry, honey...

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  16. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing Sandee.

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  17. here, we have ghost employees also :) they're on the payroll of certain government officials and yet they don't even exist!

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