Debby Gies has been foraging on the internet for funnies to share and I have a joke or two up my sleeve.
Check out Debby’s latest relationship column here on Smorgasbord July 2021 – The Universe Brings Us Kindred Spirits
Now something from Sally
Now for some little known facts (if you wish to dispute the facts then please take it up with the management!)
- Orville Wright the inventor of the aeroplane was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger an American was killed.
- The first Englishman to be killed in an aeroplane accident was Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce.
- Thomas Jefferson grew the first tomatoes in the United States – he wanted to prove to the Americans that they were not poisonous which is what people believed at the time.
- The UK established the first speed limit in 1903 and it was 20 mph.
- Sunglasses became popular in the 1920’s when movie stars began to wear them to counteract the photographer’s bright lights.
- Ties were first worn in Croatis which is why they were called cravats or al la croate
- The first ever CD single was Brother’s in Arms by Dire Straits
- The first duplicating machine was invented by James Watt the inventor of the Steam Engine in 1778 (patented 1780) to help him with all the copying he had to do for his steam engine.
- Britain’s first national Lottery was in 1567 to pay for public works and the top prize was £5000
- Watching tv uses up 50% more calories than sleeping.
- Ben and Jerry ice cream makers send their waste to local pig farmers – Pigs love all the flavours except for Mint Oreo
- Henry 1st 1100 to 1135 decreed that the distance between his nose and the tip of his index finger on his outstretched arm was a yard. He is also credited with creating the first zoo.
- Contrary to popular belief squirrels cannot contract or carry the rabies virus – I assume that they have been tested to find out why and their findings applied to rabies research.
- Camels are born without a hump and their spine is always straight.
- Every year in the US more people are killed by deer than any other animal.
- In ancient Greece women counted their age from the date they were married. That makes me 41 years old.. brilliant…
- The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896 – it lasted 38 minutes.
- South American Gouchos used to put raw steak under their saddles before starting a days riding to tenderise the meat. I assume the steak… Not their own!
- Genghis khan’s cavalry rode female horses so the soldiers could drink their milk.
- During your lifetime you will eat about 27,000 kilos of food.
- Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestle. I am sure he lived to regret that transaction!
- The Teabag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
- The French Philospher Voltaire drank 50 cups of coffee a day. Mmm I think I might be prone to philosophise after that many cups.
They are pretty old and therefore subject to numerical inaccuracies and probably exaggeration, manipulation and downright misinformation…..
Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.