Why do some people say “let’s talk turkey” when they really mean they want to talk seriously?
This expression is believed to have been explained in a US Engineers Department report in 1848. The report included the following account:
“Today I heard an anecdote that accounts for one of our common sayings. It is related that a white man and an Indian went hunting, and afterwards, when they came to divide the spoils, the white man said, ‘you may take the buzzard and I will take the turkey, or I will take the turkey and you may take the buzzard.’ The Indian replied, ‘You never once said turkey to me.'”
A bee uses 22 muscles to sting someone.
East St. Louis is in Illinois.
A basketball hoop is 18 inches in diameter.
In Kansas, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina (but not Louisiana) a woman can be legally married at the age of 12. You youngsters on this list shouldn’t get any new ideas.
An average American will eat 350 cows, 310 hogs, and 225 lambs in a lifetime.
Insects can shiver.
The red and white label on a Campbell’s Soup can comes from the colors of the Cornell University football team.
The cartoon character “Popeye” is immortalized in a statue in Crystal City, Texas. Finding out where Crystal City, Texas is on a map is a trivia question in itself.
Until 1869, the M.A. degree from universities was an honorary award.
The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day” to reiterate its military importance.
Where is Mecca?
The birthplace of Muhammad is 45 miles inland from the Red Sea in southwestern Saudi Arabia. All of the inhabitants are Muslim as non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the city. Over 2 million Muslims annually make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
In days long ago, when men who worked on the railroad visited a brothel, they left their red lamps outside – and there you have the coining of the phrase “red light district.”
A duck feather weighs approximately .016 to .063 grams.
The term “senator” means “old man” in Latin.
Earthworms don’t have eyes or ears.
The Federal Aviation Administration once did a study that found the average airline stewardess has a nose of 2.18 inches long. I wonder how many of my tax dollars went to determine this useless piece of trivia?
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Two of three Americans have hemorrhoids.
An ant has five noses.
At one time, all radio stations east of the Mississippi River had call letters beginning with the letter “W.” West of the Mississippi, they began with the letter “K.”
A cave man’s life span was only 18 years.
Cinderella is known as “Tuna” in Finland.