Sunday, March 04, 2007

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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.">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> *************>>>>>>>> *************************************************>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 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 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.">>>>>>> **************************************************************>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 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 term "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 ca>>>>>>> rried 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.)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ____________________________________________________________________>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You must send this fabulous bit of historic knowledge to>>>>>>> unsuspecting friends. If you don't, your floppy is going to>>>>>>> fall off your hard drive and kill your mouse.

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