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Where'd that come from?
01-17-2012, 03:20 PM
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Where'd that come from?
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.



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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.' (Artists know hands
and arms are more difficult to paint)



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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 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.'



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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 phrase 'minding
your 'P's and Q's'.

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I’ll 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.)

If you don't send this fabulous bit of historic knowledge to any and all your
unsuspecting friends, nothing will happen...

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