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Amazing facts? [Feb. 19th, 2002|03:49 pm]
Peter Sheil
I don't know how true any of this is (in fact I am seriously doubtful about most of them), but it made interesting

1. 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."

2. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that
for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply
his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a
honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based; this
period was called the honey month or what was known today as
the honeymoon.

3. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in
old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would
yell at them mind their own pints and quarts and settle down.
It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

4. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle
baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they
needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
"Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

5. 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.U.C.K.
(Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know
where that came from.

6. In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled
Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF
entered into the English language.


[User Picture]From: pianoman
2002-02-19 02:04 pm (UTC)
I've heard the one about P's and Q's and the "sleep tight" makes a lot of sense. So does honeymoon. The others? Dunno!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-19 03:13 pm (UTC)


Just because they make sense doesn't make them true! but hey they could be :)

How's the weather there? The weather ball said "snow" last night, according to Rachel, but we just have dull and mist here.

take care
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[User Picture]From: pianoman
2002-02-19 03:21 pm (UTC)


'Bout the same here. Dull yukky grey crap!

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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2002-02-19 03:06 pm (UTC)
I heard the one about honeymoon before. I think that one's true. The others I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-19 03:17 pm (UTC)


Oh well, one for you to try later in the year. Remember the modern version requires you to smear it on each other and lick it off :) for a whole month ... hmmm ahhhhhhhhhhh.

I'm off for a cold shower :)
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2002-02-19 04:51 pm (UTC)
The word for honey is "meala" in Irish. "Mi na meala," the month of honey, refers to the month after the wedding when the newlyweds celebrated by drinking mead, a brew made of fermented honey. Following the wedding, a sufficient amount of mead was given to the bride and groom, along with special goblets, so they could share the unique brew for one full moon after their wedding -- and thus the term honeymoon was coined. It was believed that this delicate yet potent drink was the best way to ensure a good beginning for a new marriage, and it was also believed to endow powers of virility and fertility.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2002-02-19 05:30 pm (UTC)


What have I started here? Maybe I should get a bottle of mead shipped over for the wedding :)
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