An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Before I start this morning I want to tell you how much I appreciated Mary Tyler Moore, Her brightness and good spirit shone in all the various roles she played over many decades, We are lucky that we can still enjoy her in the shows that are still being rerun.
Today as a departure from the norm I am offering some knowledge that will allow you to dazzle your friends and family. It was sent to me by a good friend who is a Past President of Kiwanis International. Thanks wil.
Words, words, words—–interesting origins——-
* Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
BECAUSE When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.
* Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
BECAUSE This comes from the French word m’aidez – meaning ‘help me’ – and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’
* Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
BECAUSE In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it ‘love.’
* Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
BECAUSE In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
* Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
BECAUSE In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.
Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
BECAUSE Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the Centre of attention.
* Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
BECAUSE Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with
nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
* Why In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
BECAUSE When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into caddie.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
A convicted felon was given ten years without parole for his latest crime. After two years in jail, he managed to escape. His escape was the lead item on the six o’clock news. Because he had to be careful, he worked his way home taking little traveled routes, running across deserted fields and taking every precaution he could think of. Eventually, he arrived at his house and he rang the door bell.
His wife opened the door and bellowed at him, “You good for nothing bum! Where have you been? You escaped over 12 hours ago!”
“Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive.”
On his honeymoon, a very thick redneck farmer, Billy Joe, insisted on having a room at the luxury hotel with a balcony overlooking the sea. On retiring for the night after the wedding, his new bride emerged from the bathroom dressed in some very sexy lingerie.
“Hey Billy Joe, come in off the balcony and see what I have waiting for you to savor for the first time” she said coyly.
“No thanks, I want to sit out here,” he said.
So Daisy sat down brushing her golden hair for 10 minutes after which she invited Billy Joe once more to come in off the balcony to take pleasure of her virginal body. Once more he refused. Eventually Daisy grew tired of waiting and she retired to the wedding bed and fell asleep. In the morning, she awoke to find him still sitting on the balcony. “Why did you spend the whole night out there when you could have been making love all night?” she asked.
“Well my pa said the first night of my marriage would be the most beautiful night of my whole life – and I didn’t want to miss a moment of it.”
In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.
After school one day, a young first-grade boy was sitting at the kitchen table, eating his afternoon snack, when he blurted out, “Mom, the teacher was asking me today if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.”
The boy’s mother replied, “That’s nice of her to take such an interest, dear. What did she say when you told her you are an only child?”
She just said, “Thank goodness!”
Happiness is contagious…when you reflect happiness, then all others around you catch the happy bug and are happy, too.
Jill: I just don’t understand the attraction golf holds for men.
Mary: TELL me about it! I went golfing with my ex one time, and he told me I asked too many questions!
Jill: Well, I’m sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask?
Mary: I thought I asked legitimate questions like, “Why did you hit the ball into that lake?”
Women only have two complaints: Nothing to wear, and not enough closet space for it.
I was helping a friend of mine with his roadside farm stand when a man stopped by and asked how much the eggs were. “Sixty cents for the small, seventy cents for the medium, ninety cents for the large and thirty cents for the cracked ones,” I answered.
“All right,” he said. “Crack me a dozen of the large ones.”
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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