Hey, it’s April Fool’s Day! We’ve got to be a wee bit foolish, right? So here’s my contribution: an April foolish quiz.
True or False: (answers at the bottom)
- In the 1400s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have the rule of thumb.
- In the 1500s, a challenging game was invented in Scotland. The rules stated: “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” We know the game by it’s acronym: GOLF.
- The first novel ever written on a typewriter was “A Tale of Two Cities.”
- The thing bulletproof vests, fire escapes, and windshield wipers have in common is that they were all designed by firefighters.
- In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When a person pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase: “Goodnight , sleep tight.”
- In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. When customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them, “Settle down! You’re two sheets to the wind!”
- We humans don’t get goose bumps on our faces.
- One last foolishness. Read the following paragraph:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
1. TRUE. I discovered this lovely fact while researching In the Name of Submission, my book on wife abuse.
2. FALSE. This is an old wives’ tale… I mean an old husband’s tale. Mary Queen of Scots herself played the game!
3. FALSE. It was Tom Sawyer.
4. FALSE. They were all invented by women.
5. TRUE. Sleep on that tonight!
6. FALSE. They would say, “Mind your P’s and Q’s.” Some people still use that expression.
7. TRUE. But our hairy animal friends do.
8. I knew you could do it!