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PostSubject: "Historical" Trivia   2/25/2011, 19:00

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.'

And all this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn't you??? (lol)

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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   2/25/2011, 19:07

LOL

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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   2/26/2011, 09:55

lol! it is always interesting where saying come from.
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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   2/28/2011, 18:23

Well I never heard that expression before... but it was quite enlighting to learn about brass monky's balls lol!

I guess this is how cold this winter is huh geek
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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   2/28/2011, 23:23

Here's another one:

In the old days, 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."

Why don't you guys chip in and let's try to keep this topic going for a while?


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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   3/1/2011, 20:21

Repa,

I don't know where you come up with stuff. Even if I don't contribute, I'll be anxious to see what you and othere do.

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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   3/1/2011, 23:45

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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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   3/2/2011, 00:03

Very interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: "Historical" Trivia   3/3/2011, 11:59

Repa wrote:
Why don't you guys chip in and let's try to keep this topic going for a while?


Sorry Repa... dont know any silent
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