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Historical Trivia

19 November 2011, 6:36 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under History, Just Cuz.

Some of these, I know are true. Others? Well, whatever. Just thought it was interesting. :D

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.
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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.’
(Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)
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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.
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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.’
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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.’
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Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’ wore a tightly tied lace.
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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.’
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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.’
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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’.
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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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Saturday Afternoon – Turn The Light Back On – Laundry Time

19 November 2011, 6:00 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Methinks the Muslims Doth Protest Rick Womick Too Much – Blue Collar Muse

The Coming Break-Up of the Nation-State – Godfather Politics

The Empty Chamber - Watts Up With That

OWS: Poop Nazis – The Daily Scoff

USDA Stops Fracking in Ohio, Shutting Down 200,000 Jobs – All American Blogger

I do NOT stand with Governor Scott Walker – Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Is Israel Bluffing? – The American Tea Party

It Begins: Tea Party Blamed For White House Shooter… – Weasel Zippers

Black Republican’s Campaign Sign Defaced With ‘KKK,’ Media Yawns – Right Wing News

Vandals Defecate on Church’s Altar, Burn Cross & Dig Up a Slave Child’s Tombstone – The Blaze

Yup, White House Shooter Is a Lib… – Gateway Pundit

Pelosi accuses Catholics of having ‘this conscience thing’ – American Thinker

35 Facts About The Gutting Of America’s Industrial Might That Should Make You Very Angry – Rightly Concerned

GatorDoug Is A Brave, Brave Man – The Camp Of The Saints

Terror-linked CAIR’s anti-NYPD rally – creeping sharia

Time to Break Apart the United States? – Gulag Bound

Liberal violence rising – Illinois Review

Retired PPD Captain Arrested At OWS – Support Your Local Gunfighter

Even Joe Biden is sharper than the idiots running the E.U.! – The Daily Gator

When Liberals Ruled America – The Black Shere

A collection of school stories – Pundit & Pundette

Sadistic #OccupyPortland Protester Punches Police Horse With Blinders On! – Ironic Surrealism

Total Copy & Paste…

….from Wizbang, a post from 11/11/11.

Pelosi Really Is That Stupid

Earlier this week, Representative (and former Speaker) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ventured out of her protective radical leftist cocoon and went on to The Daily Show to chat with Jon Stewart. She probably thought it would be safe, but she forgot that every now and then Stewart suddenly has these urges to show he’s not 100% in the tank for the left. This time, he asked Pelosi a very simple question that she should have expected: why did the House, in her last two years of control, not even try to pass a federal budget?

Pelosi’s answer was so stunningly stupid and wrong, it needs to be scrutinized in depth. “Because the Republicans would have filibustered.

Six simple words. Two of them are four-syllable words, but still a very simple sentence. And just how is it wrong?

Read on…

Cain on Letterman

19 November 2011, 9:51 am. 2 Comments. Filed under 2012, Opinion, Politics, Republican.

Cain Tells Letterman All Women Accusing Him of Sexual Misconduct Are Lying

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the women who have accused him of making unwanted sexual advances are all lying.

In an appearance Friday on David Letterman’s “Late Show,” the former pizza executive again denied any impropriety during his time running the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Several women have come forward with allegations against Cain. He has repeatedly denied the allegations, which have dogged his campaign.

During the interview Letterman says to Cain: “These statements are all false? All of these women are lying? They’re all lying?”

“Yes,” replies Cain. “They are.”

Does anyone else see the irony of David Letterman questioning someone else about sexual harassment?  No, I didn’t watch the show.  Although I like Cain, I find Letterman to be extremely unfunny, and rather nerve grating.  I don’t have any evidence that the accusations are true or false, but ya know….considering the connections of these females who are whining after more than a decade, I find it extremely suspicious.

I would really love to have a candidate who is totally without blemish, of any kind, but Jesus isn’t running, so we have to make do with those who have stepped forward, and accept them as flawed human beings.  They ALL have baggage!  Even Rick Perry, whose supporters insist he doesn’t.  *shakes head*  Be that as it may, I will decide eventually who I can support in good conscience, and hope he or she will win the nomination.  If not, then I will support whoever wins and support him or her in the general.

“Wild Bill’s Renounce Your Citizenship Program”

19 November 2011, 9:25 am. Comments Off. Filed under Moonbats & Other Animals, Opinion, Politics, Pond Scum, video.

Eric Holder’s Excellent Adventure

19 November 2011, 8:33 am. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion, Politics, video.