Bet Ya Didn’t Know

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are—the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

“Go!” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

“Antidisestablishmentarianism” is the longest word in the English language.

Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

  • Spades — King David
  • Clubs — Alexander the Great
  • Hearts — Charlemagne
  • Diamonds — Julius Caesar

The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.

By law, everybody in Vermont must take at least one bath a week.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The first CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

In Alaska, it is illegal to push a live moose out of a moving aircraft.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.   [Now why doesn’t that surprise me?]

Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.”

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life.”

[Note: This has been questioned as myth. Even if this is an urban legend, it is still fun to consider.]

A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second.

There is no single word given to describe the back of the knee.

The phrase “the whole nine yards” came from WW II fighter pilots in the Pacific. Before loading their ammunition into the fuselage of their airplanes, the crew measured the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts to exactly 27 feet. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole nine yards.”

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

Everyone knows the story of the Boston Tea Party: 50 or 60 “Sons of Liberty,” disguised as Mohawks, dumped chests of tea into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 to protest the 3 cents per pound British tax on tea. Truth be told, the improper Bostonians did it again almost three months later on March 7, 1774! The two tea parties cost the British around $3 million in modern money.

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he was cursed with bad breath. This made him (. . . wait for it . . .): a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

[If you don’t get it, think: Mary Poppins song.]

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