Useless facts of the Day.


In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.Hence the expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October)! Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "big wig." Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig" because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasiona lly a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the "chair man." Today in business, we use the expression or title "Chairman" or "Chairman of the Board."
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, "mind your own bee's wax." Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a smile." In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . therefore, the expression "losing face."
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "Ace of Spades." To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't "playing with a full deck."
One more: Bet you didn't know this! In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters ca rried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a "Monkey" with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make "Brass Monkeys." Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey." (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn't you.)
At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in "pints" and who was drinking in "quarts," hence the term "minding your "P's and Q's."
Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered im portant. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. "You go sip here" and "You go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term "gossip."
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in "straight laced". . . wore a tightly tied lace.
Coca cola was originally green. It is also the most recognized brand name on the planet. Next is Marlboro
Mice, humans, elephants and giraffes all have seven neck vertebrae
The average garden variety caterpillar has over 200 muscles in its head
The pupil of an octopus’ eyes are rectangular
Chia pets are only sold in December
Only the wise dance to the rhythm of life
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thompson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until five years later.
Porcupines can float (their quills are hollow)
Don’t call computer problems “bugs.” There’re called “random features.”
More people are killed by donkeys than in airline crashes
Hamsters love crickets
Chia pets are only sold in December
All swans in England belong are the property of the Queen. Messing with them is a serious offense
A flea expert is called a pullicologist
The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat
If you keep a goldfish in the dark, it will eventually turn white
The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-cola and Budweiser, in that order.
Granite Park Phone Numbers
Main Office : 646-5174
Counseling : 646-5177
Attendance : 646-5178
Fax : 646-5175
You cannot commit suicide by holding your breath
The hundredth billionth crayon made by Crayola was Periwinkle Blue
Thought for the day-There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know- Donald Rumsfeld

Useful fact of the day-I can’t top that one. These are the people we have in government. If you aren’t outraged, you’re not paying attention

The full name of the city of Los Angeles is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
There are more chickens in the world than people
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
The most venomous animal in the world is the sea wasp which is only ½ inch long!
A moderately working adult male will perspire over 4 gallons a day. Most all of it evaporates before you realize it.
Crows have the largest brains, compared to body size, of all the birds
It is a misdemeanor in Pacific Grove, CA to kill or threaten a butterfly. City Ordinance #352 (it’s where the Monarch butterflies migrate every year)
Rabbits love licorice. (And that red stuff isn’t licorice-licorice is black-bb)
The first couple to be shown in bed together on television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone
“Vegatarian” an old Indian word for bad hunter.
The phrase, “rule of thumb” comes from the old English law which states that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb
The newest breed of dog is the Bull Boxer, first bred in the U.S. in 1990-91
A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat
% of Africa that is wilderness-28%.

% of North America that is wilderness-38%

Goldfish is the only animal that can see both infrared and ultraviolet light
In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from first class passenger’s salad trays.
The underside of a horse’s foot is called a frog. It’s also the name of the main upright portion of a wood plane that holds the sharpened blade
The average number of people aboard airplanes above the United States any given hour-61,000
Cats have over one-hundred vocal sounds while dogs only have about 10
A hippo can run faster than man
Police dogs are verbally trained in foreign languages, mostly German but more recently Hungarian or some other Slavic tongues
The first word spoken on the moon by man was, “okay”. (Probably Armstrong to Aldrin after they almost ran out of fuel on the landing)
The residents of Salt Lake City consume more LIME jell-o than any other city (from the Jell-o museum archives-really!)

The John and Paul, the singers, not the Gospel were right-octopi do have gardens

New Jersey has a spoon museum with over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country
Each King in a deck of cards represents a different era:

Spades-King David,


Clubs- Alexander,

Diamonds-Julius Caesar

The oldest company in the United States is the cymbal company Zildjian which was founded in Constantinople in 1623.
A cockroach can live 9 days without its head
Most animals, but rarely humans, can blink one eye at a time
The average person fall asleep in 7-10 minutes
In Singapore, you can be fined for not flushing the toilet
Elephants can’t jump, all other mammals can
Bees must collect nectar from 2 thousand flowers to make one tablespoon of honey
Cats in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have a high probability of having six toes
“Eat like a bird?”, most birds actually eat twice their wieght a day (it must be all that flapping around)
There are more beetles on the planet than any other type of creature
"The caribou love it [the Alaska pipeline]. They rub up against it and they have babies. There are more caribou in Alaska than you can shake a stick at." - George H. W. Bush
Ants cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sideways, like a pair of scissors
On average 18 acres of pizza are consumed every day in the U.S.
Most popular boat name-OBSESSION
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers" - Thomas Watson, Chairman of the board, IBM 1943

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home" - Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1973

Elephants and camels both have four knees
Your nose and ears never stop growing
Apples not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning
We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist one-third rich and two-thirds hungry : Jimmy Carter
The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it’s only the people who make them unsafe -Frank Rizzo Mayor of Philadelphia
Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats
You should not eat a crayfish with a straight tail - it means it was dead before it was cooked
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects-Will Rogers
A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away
Murphy’s Oil Soap is the most common chemical used to clean elephants
An iguana (the lizard) can stay underwater for 28 minutes
The bones of birds weigh less than their feathers
Camels have a third eyelid to protect them from blowing sand
The national athem of Greece has 158 verses
The cheetah is the only feline that cannot retract its claws
In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the roped the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase-“goodnight, sleep tight.”
One average, 100 people choke to death on ball point pens each year
A polar bears’ skin is black and its fur is clear and hollow for insulation value
A Holstein’s (the ungulate) spots are like fingerprints- no two cows have the same pattern
The placement of a donkey’s eyes allows it to see all four feet at the same time
The word rodent comes from the Latin “rodere” meaning to gnaw
The electric chair was invented by a dentist
Because metal was scarce during the war years, the Oscars awarded were made of wood.
Elephants are good swimmers. They have been found miles off-shore in the Indian Ocean
There are species of parrot in Australia that like to eat the rubber weatherstrip on automobiles
The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica
The first novel written on a typewriter. Tom Sawyer
Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy
The odds are over 1000 to one that an animal born in the ocean will not survive to adulthood
The microwave was discovered by a reseacher who walked by a radar tube and the chocolate bar in his pocket melted.
The eye of a giant squid is almost 15 inches in diameter
It takes 40 minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg
The state with the highest percentage of working population-Alaska