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  1. huskyfan23

    huskyfan23 Rah no Hans Bwix

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    In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was
    either
    sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him
    standing
    behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs
    and
    both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people
    were
    to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs
    are
    "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the
    expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
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    As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year
    (May
    and October)! Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their
    heads
    (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good
    wigs
    made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would
    carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30
    minutes.
    The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "big wig."
    Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig" because someone
    appears to
    be or is powerful and wealthy.
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    In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one
    chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was
    used for
    dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while
    everyone
    else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a
    man,
    would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair
    meant
    you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the
    chair
    the "chair man." Today in business, we use the expression or title
    "Chairman"
    or "Chairman of the Board."
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    Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women
    and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread
    bee's
    wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they
    were
    speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face
    she
    was told, "mind your own bee's wax." Should the woman smile, the wax
    would
    crack, hence the term "crack a smile." In addition, when they sat too
    close to
    the fire, the wax would melt therefore, the expression "losing face."
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    Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and
    dignified woman . as in "straight laced" wore a tightly tied lace.
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    Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax
    levied
    when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "Ace of Spades."
    To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet,
    since
    most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or
    dumb
    because they weren't "playing with a full deck."
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    Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the
    people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or
    radios,
    the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars.
    They
    were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and
    political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times.
    "You go
    sip here" and "You go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually
    combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term
    "gossip."
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    At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized
    containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep
    the
    drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was
    drinking in
    "pints" and who was drinking in "quarts," hence the term "minding your
    "P's
    and Q's."
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    One more: bet you didn't know this!
    In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried
    iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was
    necessary
    to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from
    rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a
    square-based
    pyramid with one ball on top, re! sting on four resting on nine, which
    rested on
    sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small
    area
    right next to the cannon. There was only one problem...how to prevent the
    bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution
    was a
    metal plate called a "Monkey" with 16 round indentations.
    However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly
    rust
    to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make "Brass Monkeys."
    Few
    landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than
    iron
    when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the
    brass
    indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come
    right
    off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, "Cold enough to freeze the
    balls off a brass monkey." (All this time, you thought that was an
    improper
    expression, didn't you.)
     
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  3. Redrig

    Redrig Elite Explorer

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    Very interesting.
     
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    more jeopardy trivia to add to my collection of knowledge. thanks
     
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    Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    In the days of the Indian Raj the ships going back and forth did not have air-conditioning. So cabins on the port side going out and starboard side coming home where cooler and more expensive. If you could afford one of these cabins you where POSH (Port Out Starboard Home).
     
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    very interesting.....
     
  7. BeauJ

    BeauJ Moderator Emeritus

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    Damn, it's cool to find out the origin of things like that.
     
  8. huskyfan23

    huskyfan23 Rah no Hans Bwix

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    Oh, yeah, and I think it's a joke but not positive ;)
     
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    In ancient times the marriage ceremony in many parts of the world consisted only of a priest or the family patriarch knotting together the garments of the bride and the groom to symbalize a permanent union. The practice, still a customm in some countries today, is the basis for the universal saying to "tie the knot", meaning to get married, for which tying the knot has been a symbol in England since at least 1275.


    In medieval times, one way of getting rid of someone without killing them, or if you couldn't find them, was to burn down their house. Hence the origin of "getting fired."

    This universal expression of disapproval, also referred to as "the one-fingered salute" may have originated 600 years ago in France. The story is that in 1415, shortly before the battle of Agincourt, the French, anticipating a victory over the English, decided to cut the middle finger off all the prisoners so that in the future they wouldn't be able to shoot the powerful English longbow. As it happened, the English were victorious and mocked the French by waving their middle fingers, still attached to their hands of course, at the French. Calling it "The Bird" resulted as a reference to the feathers used to fletch the English arrows.


    In medieval times, a baker who shorted his customer was tossed in jail for a short time to think about his mistake. So to avoid the inconvenience they started putting thirteen buns in a customer's order of a dozen. "Bakers Dozen"

    It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon."

    and lastly

    JEEP It's military slang for the vehicle's name, "general purpose vehicle," or G.P.V And to think all this time some people thought it meant "The best offroad vehicle"
     
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    I think I might need that month of drunkenness if I were to get married.......................oh ............yeah..............that's right where's the booze
     
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    Balls to the wall.
    Steam engines used speed limiting governors to prevent overspeeding and damage. These governors were metal weights mounted on pivots that were spun and moved the control valve closed as they were moved outward by centri###ial force.
    Hence balls to the wall, meaning full speed. On the governor means the same thing.
    why in the hell does uci come out as ###? edited it 3 time, same result
     
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    BeauJ Moderator Emeritus

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    It's "fug" in centrifugal. I'm guessing you were using a C.
     
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    Husky that one about minding your P's and Q's is a joke. I thought you guys be be interested in how it really went though. This is really how it was made.

    Back in the day when newspapers weren't massed produced by machines it was much slower to make newspapers. For each individual letter there was a block for it. And the young boys that worked there would have to pick out ever single letter to put on that page. BUT the tricky thing was the letters were on the blocks backwards. So when the "p" was backwards it looks like a "q" and when the "q" was backwards it looks like a "p"
    So bosses told the boys to "Mind you "p's" and "q's" because if they messed it up they would have to redo the whole page again.
    Hence- "Mind your "p's" and "q's".
     
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    That may be true but I also know the origin of that saying comes from an earlier time medieval times when bar wenches (maids) were to never let a patrons drink go empty and since they served libations in both "Pints" and "Quarts" they had to remember who was drinking pints and who was drinking quarts thus they were reminded to Mind their P's and Q's so as to not get in trouble by letting someone's cup go empty :D :D
     
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    Yea I can believe that but I don't really beleive in Husky's version with the bar.
     
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