Did You Know? (7-20-07)

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• Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.’

• Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.

• Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say “many things” and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible — in many places — refers to “40 days,” they meant many days.

• When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.

• To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.


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