1. In Shakespeare's
time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you
pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer
to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep
tight" came from.
2. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that
for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his
son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer
and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called
the "honey month" or what we know today as the
3. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old
England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at
them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's
where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
4. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked
into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. Then they needed
refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your
whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.
5. In ancient England, a person could not have sex unless you had
consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When
anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the
King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they
were having sex. The placard had F.*.*.*.(Fornication Under
Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.
6. In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen
Only Ladies Forbidden....and thus the word GOLF entered into the