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Hospitality: Quirky facts

india Updated: Mar 09, 2008 00:38 IST
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Quirky facts

* In order to make Shakira's stay comfortable, the Grand Hyatt imported berries from Australia, papayas from Hawaii and peaches from Dubai. The Colombian singer's suite was also decorated with white lilies and exotic plants from Jakarta.

* Hotel Taj Palace and Tower added black linings to the curtains in pop icon Madonna's suite to block out extra light.

* In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. In old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell, "Mind your pints and quarters." Hence, the phrase, 'mind your Ps and Qs.'

* Ancient Romans used to drop a piece of toasted bread into wine to wish one another good health. Hence, the phrase 'let's toast to this.'