41 Stunning French Facts
1. Crayola is a French word that means 'Oily chalk'.
2. French was the official language of England for over 300 years.
3. Some parrots French kiss before mating.
4. In the French Harry Potter books, Voldemort’s middle name is Elvis.
5. The average Frenchman eats only half a baguette a day, compared with almost a whole baguette in 1970 and more than three in 1900.
6. The distress code 'Mayday' comes from the French for help me, M'Aide.
7. The word "dinner" comes from the french word "disner," which means "breakfast."
8. French thugs used a weapon that served as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.
9. More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria are exchanged during a typical French kiss.
10. French was the official language in England for well over 600 years.
11. The word "cretin" (often used to describe a stupid person) stems from the French word, "chrÃ©tien" â€“ Which actually means "Christian"
12. The French for the constellation Ursa Major is ‘Le Casserole’.
13. The word "mortgage" comes from a French word that means "death contract."
14. The word louche is French for ‘cross-eyed’.
15. The French phrase au gratin literally means ‘with scrapings’.
16. More than twice as many people were guillotined by the Nazis as during the French Revolution.
17. French people refer to "pot brownies" or other marijuana edibles as "space cakes."
18. French fries were invented in Belgium
19. There is a French law that stops people answering work emails after 6 p.m.
20. In the French Revolution, prisoners were taken to the guillotine on wagons used to transport manure.
21. The French do not have a single word for hangover, calling it "gueule de bois". The Hangover movies in France are called "A Very Bad Trip".
22. French fries are from Belgium not France.
23. French was actually the official language of England from 1066 until 1362, after the Norman conquest of England.
24. The official language of England was French for over 600 years
25. The black pirate flag known as the "Jolly Roger" was originally a bright red French "surrender-or-die" banner known as the "Jolie Rouge."
26. The French word for ‘sexting’ is textopornographique.
27. The French equivalent of LOL is MDR: mort de rire – dead from laughing.
28. L'esprit de l'escalier is a French term for thinking of a witty comeback after it's too late.
29. A Frenchmen has sued Google for putting his picture in the Google Street View app while he was urinating in his front yard.
30. Instead of celebrating April Fools, the French celebrate April Fish where they sneak up behind people and tape paper fish to their backs.
31. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month! Interesting tries from our readers: orange: door hinge, melange (French for mix) purple: hurtle, durple?, turtle month: once, bunth?, hunch.
32. After WWII, the U.S. military published a handbook on how to get along with the French.
33. The first violence of the French Revolution took place at a luxury wallpaper factory.
34. The use of Ace High in cards symbolizes the replacement of the nobility by the common man, originating from the French Revolution.
35. The French for ‘rehearsal’ is répétition.
36. There is a French company that you can hire to kidnap you â€“ They charge US $1,600.
37. A French company can extract the smell of your dead loved one from their clothes and make a perfume out of it.
38. Pierre Terrail (a french knight) single-handedly defended a bridge against 200 Spaniards during the battle of Garigliano.
39. Just 47% of French people say it is morally unacceptable for married people to have an affair, the lowest portion among 39 nations surveyed.
40. In 1891, Claude Monet won 100,000 francs in the French national lottery.
41. A quarter of all the vegetables eaten in the US are French fries.
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