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Remember, knowledge is everything
« on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 17:28:21 »
A SHOT OF WHISKEY
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did
a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give
the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known
as a "shot" of whiskey.

BUYING THE FARM
This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life
insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an
average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant
something so strong it could not be broken.

RIFF RAFF
The Mississippi River was the main way of travelling from north to
south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were
expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way
over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts
was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low
class.

COBWEB
The Old English word for “spider" was "cob".

SHIP STATE ROOMS
Travelling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort.
Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were
named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

SLEEP TIGHT
Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the
frame in a crisscross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of
the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The
owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night’s sleep.

SHOWBOAT
These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a
steamboat. These played small towns along the Mississippi River .
Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an
engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say
someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating".

OVER A BARREL
In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down
over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an
effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you
are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

BARGE IN
Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed
by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing
into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".

HOGWASH
Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so
bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other
filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash".

CURFEW
The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which
means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing
out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as
“curfew" which later became the modern "curfew". In the early
American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in
the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out
of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon
time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew".

BARRELS OF OIL
When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for
storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this
day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

HOT OFF THE PRESS
As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes
it to heat up.  Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press
it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

There, don't you feel smarter now?

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW ..

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for Blood
plasma.
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No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times.
Oh go ahead .. I'll wait...
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Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks.
(So, watch your Ass)
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You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

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The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
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The King of Hearts is the only king WITHOUT A MUSTACHE
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American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive
from each salad served in first-class.
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Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
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Most dust particles in your house are made from DEAD SKIN!
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The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
So did the first 'Marlboro Man'.
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Walt Disney was afraid OF MICE!
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PEARLS DISSOLVE IN VINEGAR!
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The ten most valuable brand names on earth:  Apple, Coca Cola, Google,
IBM, Microsoft, GE, McDonalds, Samsung, Intel, and Toyota,
in that order.
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It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...But, not downstairs.
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A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

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Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6)
feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the
flush.
(I keep my toothbrush in the living room now!)
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Remember, knowledge is everything, so pass it on.....
Now go move your toothbrush! _ _

 

     
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