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 porbelm. Tihs
is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod
as a wlohe. ceehiro
The Western practice of
wearing a wedding ring on the third finger (not including the
thumb) began in Greece in the third century B.C. The Greeks
believed that there was a vein, named the "vein of love," that
ran from what we now call the ring finger directly to the heart.
As a result, they placed the ring that symbolized love on that
If a statue in the park of a
person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person
died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the
person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the
horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of
The Main Library at Indiana
University sinks over an inch every year because when it was
built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all
the books that would occupy the building.
Clans of long ago that
wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them
would burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get
The phrase "rule of thumb"
is derived from an old English law which stated that you
couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The term "the whole 9 yards"
came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When
arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine
gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded
into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
The Pentagon, in Arlington,
Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it
was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had
segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks
The highest point in
Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
In the 1940s, the FCC
assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way
radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the
other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels
2 and up, but no channel 1.
The microwave was invented
after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar
melted in his pocket.
Los Angeles's full name is
"El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de
Columbia University is the second largest
landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
The dial tone of a normal telephone is in
the key of "F".
When the University of
Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home to a sellout crowd,
the full stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
Coca-Cola was originally
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but
If you have three quarters, four dimes,
and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest
amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a
The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey
is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague
would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey..."), these
sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers
on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would
cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of poseys..."),
People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce
the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all