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  • 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.
    (see Works of Shakespeare)

  • The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. (It was developed by Western Union to test telex/twx communications.)

  • The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

  • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

  • Emus cannot walk backwards.

  • The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
    (see Heredity of Eye Color)

  • Most American's car horns beep in the key of "F".

  • Camel's milk does not curdle.