Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Did You Know?

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.

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.

Image Credit: Arthur Wiebe
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  1. In old English times I'm thinking I would have been looking for a husband with small hands

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    1. I'm with you on this one Ann. :)

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  2. Interesting facts..I wonder how many diesel does that cruise liner consume to complete a cruise.

    Have a good day my dear!

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    1. Depending on where you are going and for how long, I'm guessing A. LOT. :)

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  3. I guess I'm lucky because mine never layed a thumb on me... or a finger. Lucky for him, too. ;)

    Have a perfectly lovely day. I'm gonna try my best to have one, too. big hugs xoxo

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    1. Lucky for him is right. :)

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  4. A lot of people don't know this. c-)

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    1. Yes, that's true Odie. :)

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  5. Very interesting statements Sandee. You're a book of knowledge for us. Thank you my friend. Have a great day. See ya.

    Paul

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    1. Not really a book of knowledge. I find this stuff on the Internet. :)

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  6. i knew the one about the statues but the whole nine yards i did not know and it makes perfect sense to me now! have a great day honey. i have to go see andre' and then swim and then have an adjustment in my mouth this afternoon and then poker, it's gonna' be a long day around these parts so i'll run for now!

    hugs, bee and roche'

    xoxoxoxoxoxo

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    1. I'm tired just reading about what you have to do today. Yikes. :)

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  7. It is so good to know all those facts. I always wondered about some of them. Thanks for this good stuff. Take care Sandee and have a great day.

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    1. Yes, I love to hear the origins of some of the phrases we use. :)

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  8. Interesting but that cruise liner is high maintenance LOL =))

    Have a facttastic day :-h

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    1. Very high maintenance. :)

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  9. thumbs up on all these interesting facts! Cheers and have a great day!

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    1. There is so much we don't know. I love to learn new things.

      You have a great day too Kathe. :)

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  10. I think the first fact about the horse is the coolest, but I liked them all, and even knew part of one (the Declaration of Independence). It's funny they turned GP into Jeep. :) Have a great Tuesday!

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    1. I thought they were great facts too.

      Have a great Tuesday as well. :)

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  11. I will have to share G.P "Jeep" with m son that owns a 1962 Jeep truck he restored when he was 16, now 40. Still working on it, lol

    Thanks for stopping y this week, I do appreciate it
    Enjoy your day!! Sharing to Twitter and G+

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    1. Yes, a project of love that jeep of his.

      I appreciate you stopping by here too. :)

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  12. So I'm good to go just as long as there is no statue of me on a horse in the park.

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    1. Yep, I think you'll be just fine Ron. :)

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  13. I love reading these little history lessons and facts. good brain exercise :)
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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  14. Did you know the QE2 is now being turned into a floating hotel? She's no longer in active service. We sailed on her, across the Atlantic, on our honeymoon. Beautiful ship, i'm sorry she's been retired.

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    1. Well I know now. What a great honeymoon. :)

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  15. I learned a whole bunch of stuff today! Very interesting facts Sandee!

    Hope you're having a wonderful week Sandee! Smooches to Little Bit!

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    1. It's fun to learn new things. :)

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  16. I do know that first one. My husband tells me that every time we see a statue involving a horse!

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    1. I remembered something about the horses, but had forgotten. Good stuff to know. :)

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  17. I don't think I knew any of those - very interesting!

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    1. I hope you're feeling better honey. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

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  18. I didn't know about the horse legs but I do know about the boots in the stirrups. That is really interesting!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this Katherine. :)

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  19. I did not know that, I say in my best Johnny Carson voice.

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    1. So much of history is lost. It's good to be reminded now and then. :)

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  20. Some interesting facts Sandee. A whip is no wider than my thumb... Look out Michelle :P

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    1. I'm not sure Michelle is going to go for that Tony. I'm pretty sure she won't. :)

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  21. I've hear of the horse one before, but I can never remember it.

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    1. Same here Binky. I'll forget or get them mixed up shortly. :)

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  22. My pet rock, Seymour, was photographed on a horse. Now he's upset that the horse's feet weren't included in the photo...he thinks that's masking something he should know about ;-)

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    1. Tell Seymour he's going to live forever and not to worry about the horse's feet. :)

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