Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Switching letters is called spoonerism

SPOONERISM. [From the name of the Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), Dean and Warden of New College, Oxford]. The transposition of the initial sounds of words, as in ket of seas (set of keys). The eponymous Spooner was reputed to make errors of this type, and a number of utterances are quoted as ‘original spoonerisms’: a well-boiled icicle (a well-oiled bicycle), a scoop of Boy Trouts (a troop of Boy Scouts), and You have hissed all my mystery lectures and tasted a whole worm. http://www.encyclopedia.com

Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.

Around 90 per cent of the world's population is right-handed, and it is easier for right-handers to button shirts from the right. So why do women's garments button from the left?

This is an example in which history seems to matter. When buttons first appeared in the 17th century, they were seen only on garments of the wealthy. At that time it was the custom for rich men to dress themselves and for women to be dressed by servants.

Having women's shirts button from the left thus made things easier for the mostly right-handed servants who dressed them. Having men's shirts button from the right made sense not only because most men dressed themselves, but also because a sword drawn from the left hip with the right hand would be less likely to become caught in the shirt. Today, virtually no women are dressed by servants, so why is buttoning from the left still the norm for women?
In economics, a norm, once established, resists change.

2nd Explanation
"When a man sat astride a horse and rode on the left side of the road he was able to fight an approaching rider by using a sword in his right hand. To retrieve the sword from his left hip, he would pull back his coat with his left hand and grasp the sword with his right. This meant that the left side of his coat had to overlap the right side.
"Women in those days rode side-saddle with both legs on the left side of the horse. When riding into a wind, wearing a man's coat would have allowed a draft through any gaps under the left side between the buttons. By having the right side overlap the left, this problem was avoided." http://answers.yahoo.com/

The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’

The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).

Friday, May 22, 2009

Yankee Doodle originated as a pre-Revolutionary War song to mock the dishevelled, disorganized colonial "Yankees"

"Yankee Doodle" is a well-known British song the origin of which dates back to the Seven Years' War (The French & Indian War). The song originally was sung by British military officers to mock the dishevelled, disorganized colonial "Yankees" with whom they served.

The word doodle means a fool or simpleton, and is thought to derive from the Low German dudel or dödel, meaning "fool" or "simpleton". The mention of 'Macaroni' is a reference to an over the top sense of fashion and the men who took part in it, who were often referred to as the "Macaroni Club".

However, it is now currently sung patriotically in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_doodle

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dentists recommend that you keep your toothbrush at least 6 feet away from a toilet

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. Being stored unprotected on countertops or in toothbrush holders, toothbrushes are vulnerable to contamination from airborne bacteria, such as from a flushing toilet. Scientists commonly find coliform bacteria (E. coli). (GROSS!) http://www.dentalgentlecare.com/

10 Household Products Facts

  1. 21 Useless Facts about Your Household Products

  2. Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year that takes as long as 500 years to finally decompose all of them

  3. Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.

  4. The first commercial microwave oven was the size of a refrigerator.

  5. Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know your there.

  6. It took engineers 22 years to design the zipper.

  7. Non-dairy creamer is flammable

  8. The end of a hammer, opposite the striking end, is called a peen

  9. More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States

  10. The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie “Psycho”

Hummingbirds can't walk

Hummingbirds' feet are too tiny to walk.