I Didn’t Know That!


Interesting Facts and Trivia

Don’t know about you, but I am super busy these days. Too much to do and too little time. I don’t want to read or write anything deep, profound, or that requires any real thinking.

I just kind of want to relax. Veg out………

The other night on Twitter I was saying good night to a friend and added, “Sleep tight,” to my message.  That got me to wondering. Where did that phrase come from? And what by gosh does it mean?

The internet is more miraculous than an encyclopedia. I always hated it when I was growing up and I would ask my mom or dad what a word meant, or where something came from, or how to spell a word and they would respond with, “Look it up in the dictionary or the encylopedia.”

I wonder if kids today still ask questions and if parent’s say, “Google it”  Do today’s kids hate that as much as I hated, “Look it up in the dictionary.”

Well, that is a long way to say, “I Googled the, “sleeptight,” phrase.

This is what I found out:

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. Hence the phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’

I should have known Shakespeare had something to do with it.

Well then I just couldn’t stop. I found all sorts of cool stuff about anything and everything. I love “wasting hours” like this playing on the internet. One thing leads to another and the next thing  five hours have gone by.

I just had to share some of it with you.

Did you know?

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ It’s where we get the phrase mind your P’s and Q’s.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. Wet your whistle is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th: John  Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades – King David;  Hearts – Charlemagne;  Clubs -Alexander, the Great; Diamonds – Julius Caesar

Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?  A. All were invented by women.

Featured Recipe    Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan
Another Recession Buster Recipe©

I love roasted vegetables. First fell really in love with them while living in California. They are easy to make and delicious too.

The thing I like most about roasted vegetables is how this easy technique brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables or fruit.

I used to just roast them with olive oil and add salt and pepepr. But all that changed when I saw Emeril add grated Parmesan cheese to a roasted veggie dish. Inspired.

This recipe is so fast and easy, as well as inexpensive, you will love it!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 head of cauliflower

2-3 garlic cloves

Juice of half a lemon

4-5 tablespoons olive oil

Parmesan cheese (about 4 Tablespoons)

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Remove the green leaves from the cauliflower and the bottom of the hard stem. 

Cut off the rest of the tough part of the stems while cutting the cauliflower into florets. Wash the florets and let dry completely.

In the mean time run the garlic through a press, or finely mince,  into a small bowl. Add the olive oil and mix well.

Place the florets in a baking dish. Drizzle with the garlic-olive oil mixture.  

Squeeze the lemon juice over the cauliflower. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked through and starting to brown.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with some parmesan cheese to taste.

Serve with any meat entrée.

Bon appétit!!!


1 head of cauliflower              $2.49

2-3 garlic cloves                    $0.24

Juice of half a lemon              $0.35

4-5 tablespoons olive oil         $0.69

Parmesan cheese                  $1.02

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $4.79
Cost per person = $1.20

Quote of the Day

When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

Sydney J. Harris


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