QUITE INTERESTING: Facts from long ago (not so general knowledge)
Quite Interesting Facts: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
When buttons were first 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 in several buttoned outfits worn today.
Quite Interesting: 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 synonymous.
Quite Interesting Facts: 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.
Quite Interesting Facts: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
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.
In France, where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called “l ‘oeuf”, which is French for “egg”. When tennis was introduced in the U.S. Americans mispronounced it “love” as in Squash as well.
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 all worldly cares.
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.
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called “pygg”. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay the jars became known as “pygg anks”. When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig, and it soon caught on.
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