Facts, Because What Else Is There?

26 Feb

Or, I can’t think of anything to write about so here’s something from my email inbox sent to me by people who preferred emailing when they should be working but at least they’ve got a job so this is all sourness on my part.

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  • In the 1400s 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’.  The Hub tried it on me once, hence ‘the rule of sore bum.’
  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury.  It’s anyone’s guess which is worth more.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • Tom Sawyer was the first novel to be written on a typewriter.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321, proving once and for all that mathematicians have no sex life.
  • If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go to one thousand before you reached the letter A.  My earlier comment refers.

You know you are living in 2012 when:

  • You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
  • You call your family from your car in your drive to ask them to help bring in the groceries.
  • You have a list of fifteen phone numbers to reach your family of three.
  • You email the person who works at the next desk.
  • When you get up in the morning, you go online before making your first cup of tea.
  • You don’t stay in touch with friends and family because you don’t have their email addresses.
  • If you leave the house without your mobile, which you didn’t have for the first 20/30/60 years of life, you panic.

One more fact for you:

  • Don’t buy your Kindle books from eBay, otherwise you might find yourself reading, as I did, instead of the line He put his head in his hands, this gem: He put his head in his anus.

21 Responses to “Facts, Because What Else Is There?”

  1. vivinfrance February 26, 2012 at 18:51 #

    I thought the first couple to be seen in bed together on TV was Morecambe and Wise! You are full of fascinating facts today.


  2. Grannymar February 26, 2012 at 19:06 #

    I am with you on all those numbers for people, but then I cannot complain, I have two mobiles and a landline!


  3. SchmidleysScribbling February 26, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Copper in the hair? I always knew red heads were more intelligent. As for Solitaire, I can’t figure out how to play it.

    Facts…figures don’t lie, but liars figure.

    Why did my class mates laugh at my comment about “tops down and bottoms up?” I think you should start an advice column for online bloggers who have questions. Begin with mine.


    • Tilly Bud February 27, 2012 at 10:19 #

      Q: Why did my class mates laugh at my comment about “tops down and bottoms up?”

      A: Beats me.

      Advice: Ask somebody smarter 🙂


  4. McGuffyAnn@McGuffy's Reader February 26, 2012 at 19:30 #

    *LOL* I love seeing stuff from you!!


  5. laurieanichols February 26, 2012 at 19:40 #

    I really liked that statements regarding you know that you live in 2012 if….. I hate cell phones so even if it is always in my huge handbag either a. it is dead or b. so far down in the abyss of the handbag that I don’t hear it. I was wondering if there would have been an equivalent to “you know that you are living in, say 1970?” Seat belts in cars weren’t mandatory, there were cassette players in cars, I was only 3 years old but there had to be a difference between say 1960 and 1970, except for the style, in terms of technology. Perhaps not as interesting, I don’t know.


    • Tilly Bud February 27, 2012 at 10:20 #

      That WOULD be interesting. I’m just a little too young to do it, though. There must be someone out there who remembers.


  6. BeckySefton February 26, 2012 at 20:29 #

    I’m definitely in 2012.


  7. Tom (Aquatom1968) February 26, 2012 at 21:12 #

    I never knew that about Fred and Wilma, Tilly! I bet there was uproar too! 😉
    I feel I must (kind of) correct one of the points though, regarding the letter A in spelling out numbers… would One Hundred And One not count? Or A Hundred, for that matter? (I’m not a mathematician by the way, I’ve just wrote a post about numbers myself! ;))


    • Tilly Bud February 27, 2012 at 10:21 #

      Hmm. Interesting point. On the other hand, ‘and’ is not a number…


  8. Harry Nicholson February 26, 2012 at 23:17 #

    I’ve been checking the one thousand thing – got to 42 and gave up.


  9. Pseu February 27, 2012 at 00:06 #

    what about one hundred and one? 🙂


  10. barb19 February 27, 2012 at 02:42 #

    Thanks for the chuckle!


  11. evilnymphstuff February 28, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Thanks for sharing the facts!
    Yes I totally agree about a 2012-person. And the last part was just hilarious!


  12. Perfecting Motherhood February 29, 2012 at 07:15 #

    The 2012 facts are so true! And I don’t even feel sorry for them. Ahem…


  13. eof737 March 1, 2012 at 06:17 #

    Yep! Times have changed. 😉



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