After never two years of being “shut down” I think it’s time to open this blog up again.
HISTORICAL TRIVIA Seen this a long time ago Still fun stuff to know Early aircraft’s throttles had a ball on the end of it, in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way forward into the wall of the instrument panel. Hence “Balls to the wall” for going very fast. And now you know, the rest of the story. Here’s one other trivia story: During WWII , U.S. airplanes were armed with belts of bullets which they would shoot during dogfights and on strafing runs. These belts were folded into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets on various targets. They would say, “I gave them the whole nine yards,” meaning they used up all of their ammunition. And now you know the origin of the term.
HISTORICAL TRIVIA Did you know the saying “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington . In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.” Because he capitalized the word “Creek” it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
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.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)
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.
In the late 1700′s, 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.’
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.’
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’ wore a tightly tied lace.
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.’
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.’
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 phrase ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s’.
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, resting 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.)
Meet Gibbs, an Airedale Terrier mix who joined us on Aug 9.
You know… sometimes , when you first wake up, you can just SMELL a horrendously shitty day coming up.
Can anyone else relate to that?
I was thinking about possible book ideas. I want to write something non-fiction that I can put up on Amazon as a kindle book. This would be something new for me and i’d like to use several things to get it done. I recently purchase Scrivener for Windows and I would love to use it to write, format and publish this book. Here are some ideas that I am kicking around:
1- Seven Wonders of the Modern world. What are they, where are they and why are they so wonderful?
2. A book of top ten lists.An e-book that you could use for trivia game playing, perhaps at a bar or while out for dinner or at game night. Stuff like: top ten career MLB home run leaders, biggest cities in the USA., most popular museums in the world, etc.
3. A sports fans game day cookbook. Easy recipes for tailgating, super bowl, or any other sporting event for either at the stadium or at home.
4. Are UFOs real? The top ten most credible UFO sightings.
5. Exploration of our moon throughout the ages- a history and what’s to come. From Cave men to Jules Verne to Neil Armstrong, to colonies on the moon.
It’s time I weigh in on this. Three issues here: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, government intrusion into business.
1- Freedom of Speech. It must be true that the freedom of speech only exists for liberals. Christians cannot exercise their freedom of speech without getting shouted down by the free press, the Gay and Lesbians and of course the city governments of Chicago and Boston. Even the fricking KKK can express themselves along with Louis Farrakan, the Black Panthers and Rush Limbaugh but a law abiding, tax paying, church going, christian business owner is berated and badgered by our elected officials? WTF?
2. Freedom of religion. A businessman gives his opinion on gay marriage and it is like he personally shit on someone’s birthday cake. It’s his opinion and…like the old saying goes opinions re like assholes: everyone has one and usually they stink. The Gay community has a distinct aversion to religion. Whenever muslims, jews, christians speak out against homosexual marriage they get up in arms. I don’t know where Jesus would stand on this issue but the bible spells things out pretty clear: marriage is between a man and a woman. There were no second or third options there. It really isn’t an issue except that a legal union allows certain privileges and rights that apply to finances and medical coverage and benefits. Why not allow these benefits under a contract or civil union? Sadly that isn’t enough.. rainbows, gay and now marriage will forever have stretched meanings because of this issue.Seems like we could come up with a new term to satisfy all concerned parties.
3. Big Government intrusion into our lives. That’s the big issue to me. Our government keeps pushing its nose into issues through regulations that no one really needs or wants. Why do the mayor of Chicago and Boston need to get involved in this issue. There there are threatening business owners and depriving their Citizens of a darn good chicken sandwich… why? Stay the hell out of our lives will you? If people want to protest and boycott Chick-fil-a… let them… more chicken for me. But for our government to take sides over one man’s opinion … huh?
This issue really burns me because once again both sides are trying to force the other to see and do things their way… they both shout my way or the highway. If you want to boycott then boycott. If you think being gay will send a person to Hell then let them live with that decision. In instances like these no amount of convincing will get either side to budge. Sadly this same fact describes our political climate in the USA. God gave all of us free will and we all have to live with our decisions in life and in the hereafter. Choose wisely.
I regret to see that me and my fellow Christians are being relegated to second class status in today’s world… but the Bible did predict this. Maybe it means Christ will be coming soon?