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    Question Did Ya Know???

    Early aircraft's throttles had a ball on the end of it,
    in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the
    throttle all the way forward into the wall of the
    instrument panel. Hence "balls to the wall"
    for going very fast.

    And now you know, the rest of the story.

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    During WWII , U.S. airplanes were armed with
    belts of bullets which they would shoot during
    dogfights and on strafing runs. These belts were
    folded into the wing compartments that fed their
    machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet and
    contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times,
    the pilots would return from their missions having
    expended all of their bullets on various targets.
    They would say, I gave them the whole nine
    yards, meaning they used up all of their ammunition.

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    Did you know the saying "God willing and the creek
    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 Creek don't rise." Because he
    capitalized the word "Creek" it is deduced that he
    was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a
    body of water.

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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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    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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    Larry

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    No I didn't know, but now I do,
    I don't know the same things you don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    No I didn't know, but now I do,
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    Early morning to ya The Dude

    Glad you enjoyed the trivia, hope your day goes well.

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    Larry

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    Sounds made up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Sounds made up.
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    Could well be YARDofSTUF, but there seems to be a modicum of truth to it when looking them up on the internet? Who really knows? Makes for a interesting explanation though.

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    Larry

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