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Old 10-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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> Did you know the saying "God willing and the Creeks 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 Creeks don't
> rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creeks" 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.)


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Old 10-28-2011, 04:05 AM   #2
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:23 AM   #3
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In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons.
I think a couple of our older members were in the Navy back then.
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our older members were in the Navy back then.
Would that be Doug, Jay and Mr. Hemi ?
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