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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 honeymoon.
3. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England,
when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at 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. When they needed a refill, they used
the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle," is the phrase
inspired by this practice.
5. Here's the best one... 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 the consent of the King and
the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were
having sex. The placard had F. U. C. K. on it (Fornication Under Consent
of the King). Now you know where that came from.
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