“Knock on wood” derived from Pagans touching, tapping or knocking on trees believing they were the homes of fairies and dryads who would wake and bless them with luck.
An Elephant, Kosik, can speak 5 words in Korean, “sit, no, yes and lie down.” He creates the words by putting his trunk in his mouth and vibrating it. He is the only elephant scientifically proven to speak human words.
The first airline stewardess were all registered nurses, but this requirement disappeared when many nurses left to enlist during WWII.
The movie Waterloo included 15,000 Soviet foot soldiers and 2, 000 cavalrymen as extras. And to recreate the battlefield , the Russians bulldozed two hills, laid five miles of roads, transplanted 5,000 trees, sowed fields of rye, barley and wildflowers and reconstructed four historic buildings.
A witness in a Scottish court who had answered “aye” to confirm he was the person summoned was told by the Sheriff that he must answer either “yes” or “no”. His name was read again and he was asked to confirm it, he answered “aye” again, and was imprisoned for 90 minutes for contempt of court.
Some of the male background characters in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ can be seen wearing skirts. This was explained as “a logical development, given the total equality of the sexes presumed to exist in the 24th century.”
Last time when US president formally declared a war supported by Congress was in 1942. Everything since were conflicts without war proclamation.