Did You Know.......?

That Vienna sausage is not from Vienna? (The contents are a mystery too...)

French bread is not originally from France? (Roman Empire)

Frankfurters are not from Frankfurt? (US invention)

Hamburgers are not from Hamburg? (Ditto)

Chow Mein and Chop Suey are not Chinese? (Ditto, Ditto)

English muffins aren't English? (Yanks again). In England they are "biscuits".

Danish pastries...aren't from Denmark?

German chocolate cake is not German? (Originally called "German's chocolate cake" using the "German's Chocolate" brand of US chocolate.)

Russian vodka was developed in Poland?

Turkish Delight? (Nope. England....)

But, by God, Belgian waffles ARE from Belgium!

More food items...

Tomatoes and tobacco are from relatives of the poisonous Nightshade family? Remember that the next time you smoke a cigarette after eating spaghetti.

Are tomatoes vegetables? Nope. Fruits? Nope. The tomato is taxonomically a berry. To be honest, vegetables, fruits and berries are all botanically "fruits".

I'd love to know who figured out cashews could be eaten. The raw nuts are toxic and the shell containing them is DEADLY! They must be processed extensively before they can be eaten.

Peanuts are slightly toxic. That's why you get a stomach ache when you have eaten too many of them. Eat 2 kilograms of peanuts and it will probably kill you. (If you eat that many peanuts you probably deserve it!) Also - peanuts are not nuts....they are legumes.

Raw olives taste like (expletive deleted). They need to be leached before eating. Olive oil is not leached but nobody DRINKS the stuff. (Do they?)

Do people eat flowers? Yup - cauliflower and broccoli are actually flowers. Orchid soup anyone?

Abraham Lincoln Speaks:

"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

When accused of being two-faced: "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"

When ill with a mild case of smallpox: "At last, something I can give everyone."

"I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement I have the best of the bargain."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me."

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

"Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory."

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."

"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people."

"When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees."

And finally: "Whatever you are, be a good one."

How about John Adams?

Those who trade freedom for security will have neither.

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.

  Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.


Trivium ad Nauseum...

Chickens cannot contract the chickenpox. So where'd the name come from?

Next time you think professionals are infallible remember: Professionals built the "Titanic", Amateurs built the "Ark".

Mark Twain is reputed to have said "If the opposite of "pro" is "con", then the opposite of "progress" is "Congress"?

In the old days it took nine yards (8.229616 meters) of cloth to make a suit of clothes. Hence the terms "The whole nine yards", "A stitch in time saves nine" and "Dressed to the nines". Sounds better than "The whole 8.229616 meters" doesn't it?

TriviVm  ImperiVm RomanVs...

There were EIGHT days in a Roman week.

Romans cremated their dead. That's why there are so few Roman skeletons found.

Julius Caesar was not Emperor. He was "Dictator for Life" when murdered.

September, October, November and December are the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Roman months of the year, hence their names.

One ancient Roman aqueduct still supplies Rome with eight million gallons of water daily.

Of 50,000 miles of paved Roman roads built, 12,000 miles are still being used today.

A Roman bridge in Zaragoza, Spain is still in use after 2,000 years. 

All wheeled vehicles were required to have a standard spacing between the left and right wheels. Four Roman feet. How much is that? Look at a modern railroad track.

4 feet, eight and one-half inches.