Sunday, February 24, 2013

Did You Know?

The Origin of Our Strange Customs:

Why do mens clothes have buttons on the right while women's
clothes have buttons on the left?

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn
primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is
easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put
the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons
have remained since.

Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?

This comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning 'help me' --
and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'

Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the
scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French
for 'the egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans
(mis)pronounced it 'love.'

Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,
documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented
an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the
kiss eventually became synonymous.

Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called
'passing the buck'?

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck,
from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player
did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would
'pass the buck' to the next player.

Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him 
poisoned drink.
To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a
guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host.
Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host,
he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.

Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?

Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning
a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre,
a performer 'in the limelight' was the center of attention.

Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?

Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with
nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine,
that person is floating well above worldly cares.

In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis,
King of France , learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.'
He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.
To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she
played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea
in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French,
the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it
into ‘caddie.’

Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?

Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange
clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay,
the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter
misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.
And it caught on.


Schteveo said...

Let me say I have ZERO formal language training, but my Spanish and French were honed working in hatcheries were those were the primary languages, that French didn't 'sound' right to me. So I looked it up. It's one of those things that gets lost in translation.

From History Myths at wordpress,

"As one alert reader pointed out, the French is wrong. “Help me!” in French would be “Aidez-moi!” But then, Marconi was Italian. And if it wasn’t his fault, the International Radio Telegraph Convention was held in Washington, where French was not exactly a second language. So we’ll overlook the grammar."

Thanks for putting this thing up, I'm a trivia junky and this is a good read.

Cum Butt Cowboy said...


Did the american people elect a Marxist Muslim (who married across species) to be president, TWICE?

Fucking Stupidity.

People are fucking STUPID.

We need to clear-cut some sections of the US. Starting with the South Side of Chi, going to San Fran and Denver, LA, DC, and every thing and body with a 'D' next to their name.

.................... for a start.

MooBoy said...

Rate Own

Chew da Cud Cuz

Spider said...

Scientists have also just verified something most of us already knew. That women talk more than men. They actually spent a ton of money to figure that out!