The Sunday Funnies and Factoids
After receiving much flak over last weeks topics of baseball and beer from many of my fairer sex readers (especially Fifi from Montreal) it was suggested that I dedicate this weeks SF&Fs to a more gentile subject matter so as to level the playing field, so to speak. So, with the in mind, I give you todays topics…… shoes and champagne.
1) In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.
2) Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.
3) According to Glamour, the average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime. All in all, she will end up spending $25,000 on shoes.
4) A poll of 1,057 women by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for shopping magazine ShopSmart found U.S. women on average own 19 pairs of shoes although they only wear four pairs regularly while 15 percent have over 30 pairs.
5) Queen Victoria is responsible for the first boots that were made for women.
7) Altocalciphilia is the condition of having a high heel fetish, as in “Carrie Bradshaw had a borderline case of altocalciphilia.”
8) It is illegal to walk down a street in Maine with your shoelaces untied.
9) All Champagnes are sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are Champagnes. For the drink to be a true Champagne, it must come from a certain area of France, called Champagne.
11) A raisin kept in a glass of champagne will rise to the top and sink to the bottom over and over.
12) Champaign’s large format bottles have biblical names, Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Methuselah, Salmanazar and Nebuchadnezzar.
13) The size of the bubbles is one of the factors that determine the quality of the champagne. High quality champagne has tiny bubbles; a more inferior quality has larger bubbles.
14) The classic Champagne coupe was adapted from a wax mold made from the breast of Marie Antoinette.
15) The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 177 feet (54 meters).
16) The Largest Champagne Pyramid: At 56 Stories High, it was constructed using 30,856 long-stem Champagne flutes between Dec 28 & 30 1999 by Luuk Broos, Director of Maison Luuk-Chalet Fountaine at the Steigenberger Kurhas Hotel Scheveningen Netherlands.
17) Many People have seen a ship being launched using a bottle of Champagne. The history of breaking a bottle of wine over a ship’s bow was dates back to the about the late 17th century (initially wine than champagne). The British Navy originally baptised their ships with a “standing cup” of precious metal, which was afterwards thrown overboard. Unfortunately with the increased production of ships during for the increasing British Empire the cost became extensive, hence the use of Champagne instead.
The ‘Titanic’ was launched by the White Star Line on Wednesday, May 31, 1911 in front of all the dignitaries, and over 100,000 spectators watching the event. Lord Pirrie (chairman of Harland and Wolff, owners of The Titanic) simply gave the calm order to the launch foreman. There was no formally naming ceremony, no bottle of champagne broken across her bow and the Titanic was never christened. So became her fate.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, boys and girls, and please stay healthy and happy until we meet back here in seven days.