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    Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

    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.

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    Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?

    This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'

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    Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

    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.'

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    Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

    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

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    Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck'?

    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.

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    Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

    In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.

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    Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?

    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.

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    Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?

    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.

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    In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

    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.

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    Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?

    Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he
    made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
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    Learned a alot today. Thanks Ricardo

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    That was very informative.

    Thank you!!
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    I knew a few of those, but I actually learned something today. Cool! Thanks for posting that!!

    Edit: Ok, as long as we're posting trivia, here's one for you. Do you know how HorsePower got it's name? You'd be surprised. It all starts with beer, believe it or not.

    You’ve likely heard of eighteenth-century Scottish engineer James Watt. He’s credited with coining the term “horsepower.”
    In a stroke of marketing genius, he used the term to help sell London industrialists on the ability of his new steam engines to more efficiently produce one of our most precious resources.
    Steam power drives beer boom
    In 1784, London brewers were among the first to install Watt’s newfangled steam engines in their businesses, including a 10-horsepower unit at Samuel Whitbread’s brewery. Evidently, Londoners had a hankering for a strong, dark porter made at Whitbread’s Goat Brewhouse, so much so that Whitbread had to relocate to a larger building on Chiswell Street to accommodate demand.

    Thanks to the steam engine’s efficiency compared to the draft horse, London – and eventually the world – was soon awash in suds. And the term “horsepower” is partly to thank.
    Neigh it ain’t so
    But first, Watt had to convince industrialists of the time that his steam engines could efficiently replace the horses upon which their businesses relied. What better way than to pitch his machines as offering enough power to replace X number of horses? Imagine accomplishing the work of, say, 200 horses without so much as having to clean a single stable?

    How horsepower was born
    Observing the strong draft horses at the heart of the London breweries, Watt reckoned one horse could turn a 12-foot mill wheel 144 times per hour. He also estimated the horse could pull with 180 pounds of force.

    Plugging those figures into a complicated calculation informed the world that a horse can push 32,572 pounds one foot per minute, which Watt rounded to 33,000 pounds. Although some have since questioned Watt’s presuppositions (after all, he had a financial interest in proving his engines could replace horses), the term stuck. “Horsepower” was born.
    Watt could advertise his steam engines as producing the same amount of power as a specified number of horses. This allowed the bean counters to calculate how much money running steam engines would save their companies compared to horses.
    And now we all accept that one horsepower equals 33,000 ft·lbf/min (about 745 watts).
    Horsing around
    The term has since become part of our collective conscience. No respectable car website or magazine would review a vehicle without reporting its horsepower figure. The pursuit of more power has grown into a massive industry centered on an array of aftermarket products, such as cold-air intake systems, upgraded exhaust systems and performance tuners.

    But horsepower figures can be too abstract to get our heads around. Here are some examples to add context.
    • A healthy person can produce about 1.2 hp briefly, and 0.1 hp indefinitely
    • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (clearly a superhuman) produced a maximum of 3.5 hp during his 2009 world-record 100-meter dash
    • The average horse is capable of 14.9 hp at its peak
    • A 1965 Ford Mustang (170ci) made 101 horsepower
    It’s reported that the 2018 Mustang Shelby GT500 could make more than 740 horsepower
    • The 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat already makes 707 horsepower

    Some interesting figures to ponder. And we have London’s beer drinkers to thank.
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    that was a actually a great read! Thanks!
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    Very cool info! Thanks for posting.
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