What does cross my fingers mean?

What does cross my fingers mean?

Also, when you “keep your fingers crossed,” you are wishing for good luck. If you hide your hand out of sight, down by your leg or behind your back, though, it means you are telling a deliberate lie. By crossing your fingers in this way, you are hoping somehow to be excused or to escape punishment for lying.

Which president was nicknamed the little magician?

The Little Magician. Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States and a founder of the Democratic Party, was born on December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York.

Why were people afraid to eat tomatoes?

Scholars think Hernán Cortés brought the seeds in 1519 with the intent of the fruits being used ornamentally in gardens. By the 1700s, aristocrats started eating tomatoes, but they were convinced the fruits were poison because people would die after eating them. In reality, the acidity from the tomatoes brought out lead in their pewter plates, so they’d died of lead poisoning.

How many feet is it from earth to outer space?

There is no firm boundary where space begins. However the Kármán line, at an altitude of 100 km (62 mi) above sea level, is conventionally used as the start of outer space in space treaties and for aerospace records keeping.

How old was the oldest man to live?

Guinness World Records says the oldest living person verified by original proof of birth is Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old Japanese woman. The oldest verified age was 122 years and 164 days: Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997.

What is considered the best novel of all time?

According to the Modern Library organisation, ULYSSES by James Joyce is the greatest novel of all time. Second place is The Great Gatsby, followed by A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lolita and A Brave New World rounding off the top 5.

When did we stop backing the dollar with gold?

If, however, one considers the gold standard as a monetary system in which the unit of money is backed by gold even if the monetary unit cannot be converted into gold, one could argue that the United States went off of the gold standard on August 15, 1971 when President Nixon announced that the U.S. dollar would no longer be convertible into gold in the international markets.

Who is Murphy from Murphy’s Law?

Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr. (January 11, 1918 – July 17, 1990 ) was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems. He is best known for Murphy’s law, which is said to state, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”