Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Font of Useless InformationThe saying "let the cat out of the bag" is thought to come from the 18th century when piglets were sold in cloth sacks. Some swindlers would place kittens in the sacks and sell them as piglets. If the kitten mewed or the client looked inside before buying, he would...yep.
"Three dog night" comes from when the best way to keep warm was to use body heat. On chilly nights, dogs were allowed to sleep in the bed, and the number would vary depending on the severity of the cold.
In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as emissaries of the cat-headed goddess Bastet.
It is thought by some scholars that the latin warnings 'cave canum' (beware of dog) found in ancient Rome were not speaking of vicious guard animals, but requesting that guests please not step on the resident lap dog.
In Japan, calico cats are considered to be good luck.
The haircut on a Poodle was actually designed to be functional.
All cheetahs are as genetically similar to one another as siblings.
All dogs are descendants of a single species of wolf found in Asia.
Sometimes, I just need to share.