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Friday's Follies and Fun Facts - Cheers Style

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lip Smackers!  It's Friday!  The weekend is upon us.  All my new followers, here on Friday's I impart knowledge.  Useless facts.  Ridiculous information that is only useful for party tricks.


  • Alcohol consumption decreases during the time of the full moon.
  • Drinking lowers rather than raises the body temperature. There is an illusion of increased heat because alcohol causes the capillaries to dilate and fill with more warm blood.
  • "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is commonly believed to be the only English sentence devised to include all the letters of the alphabet. However, typesetters have another such sentence: "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs."
  • In old England, a whistle was baked into the rim or handle of ceramic cups used by pub patrons. When they wanted a refill, they used the whistle to get service. So when people went drinking, they would "wet their whistle."
  • In ancient Babylon, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the "honey month," or what we now call the "honeymoon."
  • Methyphobia is fear of alcohol.
  • In the 1600's thermometers were filled with brandy instead of mercury.
  • The shallow champagne glass originated with Marie Antoinette. It was first formed from wax molds made of her breasts.
  • Desi Arnaz's grandfather was one of the founders of the largest rum distillery in the world.
  • The Manhattan cocktail (whiskey and sweet vermouth) was invented by Winston Churchill's mother.
  • Tom Arnold, Sandra Bullock, Chevy Chase, Bill Cosby, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Willis are all former bartenders
  • The U.S. Marines’ first recruiting station was in a bar.
  So, there you have it.  Happy Weekend!  Cheers!

Love!

37 comments:

Secretia said...

That was interesting, like all of your posts are.

Who invented SHOTS? Ha Ha.

Secretia

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

The term "honeymoon" didn't come into being until about the 16th century, well after the Babylonians' civilization had crumbled and was swallowed by the sands of time.

Gifts of honey were based more on the idea that honey was the food of the gods and had medicinal value. It was only fermented--by itself, not as an additive to a beer--in northern Europe, where true mead was made. The Babylonians, Greeks, Sumerians, Persians, Egyptians and Indians all used it more for medicinal purposes, and as it was an expensive, tradeable commodity, it was used more by apothecaries in medicines. Only kings could afford to put it into their drinks.

Organic Meatbag said...

Here's a fun fact: my pants are filled with minnows!

That One Mom said...

Bartenders? Imma bartender!! Maybe one day I will be famous actress, too??? LOL

Dual Mom said...

So glad I don't suffer from methyphobia.....I'd rather have any number of obscure diseases than methyphobia.

And Marie Antoinette had champagne glass shaped boobs....huh who would have known?

Mae Rae said...

Okay, I was intrigued by the champagne glass shaped boobs but now i am more intrigued by the minnows in the pants. HMMM?

Great post, sounds like someone is gearing up for a night out this weekend.

Great weekend!

♥Georgie♥ said...

I feel so much smarter now! All that info! who knew!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Those are some great facts...glasses made from her boobs...mine would be very teeny glasses!!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Those were awesome! Champagne glasses from boobs? LoL!

Danica-Dragonfly said...

... hmmm so this would mean I am a "methyfillmeup"?

Highly educational ... thank you

Daffy said...

Shoosh! So educational! I love that I learn something darn near every time I visit here.

You are so good for me.

Your Giveaway winnings will go out today!!!

Corrie Howe said...

Loved all these facts. Now I'll impress my pastor when I go out to dinner with him tonight. ;-)

Noelle said...

very interesting!

(in my best cliff claven voice) here's a little know fact for ya: did you know that the spanish drinking instrument, the "bota bag" was designed after my boobs? (and now in my best jon lovitz voice) yeah, that's it. a bota bag.

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

Marie Antoinette had some skinny ass boobs, eh?

ScoMan said...

I did not know that about the quick brown fox or the five dozen liquor jugs.

Those are the sorts of random facts I enjoy.

Dame Nuisance said...

I became obsessed with finding champagne saucers a couple of years ago ... and I ran across several references to the Marie Antoinette-champagne saucer story, but that's just what it is according to a number of sources, including this one:

http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/champagne.asp

The story is a fun one for the imagination, but alas, I think that's all it is: a story or myth.

LMJ said...

COOL! i din't know all that.

blueviolet said...

I didn't know even ONE of those. Those were great!

Quixotic said...

You forgot one...

The imbibing of alcohol is guaranteed to increase your intelligence, charm and physical attractiveness. In your own mind, at least!!

Hissyfits & Halos said...

I'm so glad I don't have Methyphobia!!

Glad you're feeling better! Muah!

Shell said...

LOL @ where the first Marine recruiting station was. I'm surrounded by marine bases right now and I can tell ya that I totally believe it.

emily said...

wow, these are amazing! after reading every other one i found myself saying, "shut up! really?"

i like! thanks for sharing.

The Blue Zoo said...

I always wondered about "wet your whistle". And now I know!

Ed Adams said...

You're starting to give mjenks a run for his educational money.

gayle said...

Didn't know any of these!! Thanks for the info!

Kat said...

Lots of stuff I never knew! I love it!

I have something for you over at my blog if you are interested...

Unknown Mami said...

I think I'm going to get some champagne glasses made with molds from my breast.

Quixotic said...

Me again - have a little something for you over on my blog - stop by!

dana said...

It sounds to me like a lot of good things would have been lost to us if not for the local bar and its patrons!!

kys said...

The only one I already knew was the champagne glass. My high school drama teacher told me that one. Along with how to put subliminal message on sets to get the audience to pay attention and lurve you.

Holly said...

I did not know the honeymoon one...and I was a wedding planner! Learn something new everyday!

Trac~ said...

WOW - that's pretty neat! I didn't know any of this stuff - thanks for sharing! :o)

Tgoette said...

Fascinating facts! Champagne glasses made from the mold of her boobs, eh? Good thing she didn't have double d's I suppose, or champagne toasts would be an entirely different affair...more like a chugging contest. Great post!

Erin said...

Clearly Lee and I do not have a fear of alcohol as evidenced by the vlog we were ballsy enough to post over the weekend. I'm still reeling over it, LOL!

p.s. the bit about the mead/honey was so cool! I always enjoy learning new tidbits.

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