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1. 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.


2. 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" or what we know today as the "honeymoon".


3. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when 
customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and 
quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."


4. 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.


5. In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King 
(unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got 
the consent of the King and the King gave them placard that they hung on their door 
while they were having sex. The placard had F. U. C. K. on it (Fornication Under 
Consent of the King.)


  
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