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Old 12-07-2002, 01:31   #1 (permalink)
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Coca-Cola was originally green

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910

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 as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. ( bet u didn't know that!)

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

What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.

What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show? A. No theme song

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.

What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic? A. He was allergic to carrots.

What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party? A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

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".

In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F.*.*.*. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
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Old 12-07-2002, 05:08   #2 (permalink)
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Yo, Don't mean to spoil your fun, but an awful lot of that list is incorrect, I assume its from the infamous "did you know" email list thats been floating around emails for the past few years.

In particular the coke being green, fornication under consent of king and the horses feet (suprisingly- it made sense I thought) are incorrect.

And if you really are wondering where the F word came from:
From alt.usage.english
[F*ck] is a very old word, recorded in English since the 15th century (few acronyms predate the 20th century), with cognates in other Germanic languages. The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang (Random House, 1994, ISBN 0-394-54427-7) cites Middle Dutch fokken = "to thrust, copulate with"; Norwegian dialect fukka = "to copulate"; and Swedish dialect focka = "to strike, push, copulate" and fock = "penis". Although German ficken may enter the picture somehow, it is problematic in having e-grade, or umlaut, where all the others have o-grade or zero-grade of the vowel.

The rock group Van Halen put out an album entitled "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge."

For urban myths I use http://www.snopes.com/index.htm, its quite an interesting site and puts to rest quite a few of those "email" DYK efforts. They even have an entire section devoted to "cokelaw"
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