Well , with only about 140 days before the first Wests Tigers Trial game, I thought I start a thread up where we can post unusual bits of triv1a, to keep us amuse during this long off season.
I will start it off with a email ,a mate sent me yesterday……
In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed
to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’
Many years ago in
Scotland , a new game was
invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen
Only…Ladies Forbidden’… .and thus, the word GOLF entered
into the English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:
The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair…
The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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 because 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 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
Q… If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’?
A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father’s Day
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’
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, which we know today as the honeymoon.
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 your pints and quarts, and settle down.’
It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’
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.
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
Don’t delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you
can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN2010 when…
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years…
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first
20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
9. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee
10. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
11. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.
12. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
thats an interesting fact about how the word “golf” came about. someone once told me it was called golf because it was “flog” backwards
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If you spin an oriental man around, does he then become disoriented?
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I like the lick your elbow
This stuff is Insane - Thx man
OMG, 140 days to go, is much tooo long to wait, bored already!
At least 75% of people tried to lick their elbow!
The longest word you can type using only the letters on the top row of a keyboard is ‘TYPEWRITER’
Nice work Alad…very clever…
Here is a maths 1 for all the primary teachers out there…You say What is half of 2 + 2…obvious answer 2…Incorrect using order of opperation…of in math means multiply…1/2 x 2 is 1 + 2 is 3…
Gets the kids evertyime…most adults too hmmmmmm…
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in this october there is:
5 x friday
5 x saturday
5 x sunday
does not happen very often,
Cultured_Bogan last edited by
in this october there is:
5 x friday
5 x saturday
5 x sunday
does not happen very often, doubt if we will see it again this century.
Once every 820 years from what I’ve seen.
Who sits here and comes up with stuff like that? Calendar enthusiasts??!!
oldie but a goodie -
You can’t rhyme any other english word with ORANGE, SILVER, or PURPLE
Ok Im bored too .
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".
During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen
in the distance (and Heston’s wearing a watch).
On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries….)
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
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Rushing out to buy raisins & champagne.
I’ll be trying that one about chewing gum while chopping onions this afternoon while I’m chopping kilos of
onions, hope it works.
135 Phrases coined by William Shakespeare
Barry Manilow may claim to write the songs, but it was William Shakespeare who coined the phrases. He contributed more phrases and sayings to the English language than any other individual - and most of them are still in daily use.
Here’s a collection of well-known quotations that are associated with Shakespeare. Most of these were the Bard’s own work, but he wasn’t averse to stealing a good line occasionally and a few of these were ‘popularised by’ rather than ‘coined by’ Shakespeare.
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger
A Daniel come to judgement
A dish fit for the gods
A fool’s paradise
A foregone conclusion
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse
A ministering angel shall my sister be
A plague on both your houses
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
A sea change
A sorry sight
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio
All corners of the world
All one to me
All that glitters is not gold / All that glisters is not gold
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players
All’s well that ends well
An ill-favoured thing sir, but mine own
And shining morning face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school
And thereby hangs a tale
As cold as any stone
As dead as a doornail
As good luck would have it
As merry as the day is long
As pure as the driven snow
At one fell swoop
Bag and baggage
Beast with two backs
Beware the ides of March
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks
Brevity is the soul of wit
But screw your courage to the sticking-place
But, for my own part, it was Greek to me
Come the three corners of the world in arms
Come what come may
Comparisons are odorous
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
Discretion is the better part of valour
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble
Eaten out of house and home
Et tu, Brute
Even at the turning of the tide
Exceedingly well read
Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog
Fie, foh, and fum, I smell the blood of a British man
Fight fire with fire
For ever and a day
Frailty, thy name is woman
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears
Good men and true
Green eyed monster
Hark, hark! the lark at heaven’s gate sings
He will give the Devil his due
His beard was as white as snow
Hoist by your own petard
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child
I bear a charmed life
I have not slept one wink
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
If music be the food of love, play on
In a pickle
In my mind’s eye, Horatio
In the twinkling of an eye
Is this a dagger which I see before me?
It beggar’d all description
It is meat and drink to me
Lay it on with a trowel
Like the Dickens
Love is blind
Make your hair stand on end
Men’s evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water
Milk of human kindness
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows
More fool you
More honoured in the breach than in the observance
Much Ado about Nothing
Mum’s the word
My salad days
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
No more cakes and ale?
Now is the winter of our discontent
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo
Off with his head
Oh, that way madness lies
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
Out of the jaws of death
Pound of flesh
Rhyme nor reason
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything
Screw your courage to the sticking place
Send him packing
Set your teeth on edge
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Shuffle off this mortal coil
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
Star crossed lovers
Stiffen the sinews
Such stuff as dreams are made on
The course of true love never did run smooth
The crack of doom
The Devil incarnate
The game is afoot
The game is up
The quality of mercy is not strained
The Queen’s English
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on
There’s method in my madness
Thereby hangs a tale
This is the short and the long of it
This is very midsummer madness
This precious stone set in the silver sea, this sceptered isle
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it
Thus far into the bowels of the land
To be or not to be, that is the question
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub
Too much of a good thing
Truth will out
Under the greenwood tree
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
Up in arms
Vanish into thin air
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
We have seen better days
Wear your heart on your sleeve
What a piece of work is man
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions
Where the bee sucks, there suck I
While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil!
Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure
Wild goose chase
Woe is me
English phrases and sayings that derive from the Bible
The King James Version of the Bible has been enormously influential in the development of the English language. It ranks with the complete works of Shakespeare and the Oxford English Dictionary as one of the cornerstones of the recorded language. After Shakespeare, the King James, or Authorized, Version of the Bible is the most common source of phrases in English. The King James in question was James I of England and James VI of Scotland. He didn’t write the text of course, he merely authorized it, hence the name that the book is best known in the UK (King James Version, or KJV, being more commonly used in the USA).
The King James Version was translated by 47 biblical scholars, working in six committees. It was first printed in 1611 and was by no means the earliest English translation of the Bible. It was pre-dated by several other partial or complete translations, notably John Wyclif’s translation in 1382 and William Tyndale’s in 1528 - the latter forming the basis of a large proportion of the KJV.
What raises that version above other versions of the Bible in terms of its linguistic impact is the fact that the language used has persisted into the present-day. Many of the phrase used are still commonplace. Here are some of the many phrases that originated in the Bible (most, but not all from the King James Version):
A list of 78 everyday phrases that have a biblical origin
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
A drop in the bucket
A fly in the ointment
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A labour of love
A man after his own heart
A multitude of sins
A thorn in the flesh
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
All things must pass
All things to all men
Am I my brother’s keeper?
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
As old as Methuselah
As old as the hills
As you sow so shall you reap
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
At his wits end
Baptism of fire
Beat swords into ploughshares
Bite the dust
Blessed are the peacemakers
By the skin of your teeth
Can a leopard change its spots?
Cast the first stone
Coat of many colours
Don’t cast your pearls before swine
Eat drink and be merry
Faith will move mountains
Fall from grace
Fight the good fight
Flesh and blood
For everything there is a season
Forgive them for they know not what they do
From strength to strength
Get thee behind me Satan
Give up the ghost
How are the mighty fallen
In the beginning was the word
In the twinkling of an eye
It’s better to give than to receive
Labour of love
Lamb to the slaughter
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone
Let not the sun go down on your wrath
Let there be light
Living off the fat of the land
Love of money is the root of all evil
Love thy neighbour as thyself
Man does not live by bread alone
Many are called but few are chosen
My cup runneth over
No rest for the wicked
O ye, of little faith
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
Pearls before swine
Physician heal thyself
Red sky at night; shepherds’ delight
Spare the rod and spoil the child
Strait and narrow
Swords into ploughshares
The apple of his eye
The blind leading the blind
The bread of life
The fly in the ointment
The fruits of your loins
The love of money is the root of all evil
The powers that be
The root of the matter
The salt of the earth
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
The strait and narrow
The wages of sin is death
The writing is on the wall
Thou shalt not kill
Three score and ten
To everything there is a season
What God has joined together let no man put asunder
Woe is me
Wolf in sheep’s clothing