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Answers to cool questions :)
A friend sent me this and i thought it was pretty cool. Wanted to share it with y'all.

QUESTION:
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?

ANSWER:
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

QUESTION:
Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?

ANSWER:
This comes from the French word m'aidez, meaning 'help me'
and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'

QUESTION:
Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

ANSWER:
In France, where tennis became popular,
round zero on the score-board looked like an egg
and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'egg.'
When tennis was introduced in the US,
Americans (mis)pronounced it 'love.'

QUESTION:
Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

ANSWER:
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to
read or write, documents were often signed using an X.
Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfil obligations
specified in the document.
The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

QUESTION:
Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called
'passing the buck'?

ANSWER:
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item,
called a buck, from player to player
to indicate whose turn it was to deal.
If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility
of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.

QUESTION:
Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

ANSWER:
It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy
by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that
a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour
a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host.
Both men would drink it simultaneously.
When a guest trusted his host, he would only
touch or clink the host's glass with his own.

QUESTION:
Why is someone who is feeling great
'on cloud nine'?

ANSWER:
Types of clouds are numbered according to
the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud
if someone is said to be on cloud nine,
that person is floating well above worldly cares.

QUESTION:
In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?

ANSWER:
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young
girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the
Scots game 'golf.'
So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned
(and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from
a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this lot and when returned to Scotland
(not a very good idea in the long run),
she took the practice with her.
In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day'
and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.'

QUESTION:
Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars
have notches (milling), while pennies and nickels do not?

ANSWER:
The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins
containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving
off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes,
quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to
contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because
the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

QUESTION:
Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?

ANSWER:
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of
dense orange clay called 'pygg.'
When people saved coins in jars made of this clay,
the jars became known as 'pygg banks.'
When an English potter misunderstood the word, he
made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
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Re: Answers to cool questions :)
Question: Do cannibals eat clowns?

Answer: No, they taste funny.

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Re: Answers to cool questions :)
Q: are you well?
A: no, youre a person.
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Re: Answers to cool questions :)
Q: Why do all the sketchy organizations need dunce hats?
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