Did you know... historical trivia

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        HISTORICAL  TRIVIA......

        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 l. 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.)

        I had to post and share this fabulous bit of historic knowledge with all of you because I was told if I didn't my floppy was going to fall off my hard drive and kill my mouse! 

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        These are great Katt.  I don't think I knew any of these.

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        These are great katt!
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        Thanks for that katt and i loved your last comment about your floppy falling your hard drive and killing your mouse hehehe

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        Thanks Katt, I enjoy reading trivia about historical events. I read about "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg" before.
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        Like the brass monkey reference!

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