Now you know
TRADITIONS YOU MAY
NOT HAVE KNOWN !!
are many coin banks shaped like pigs?A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in
Europe were made of a dense orange clay called
'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this
clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an
English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that
resembled a pig. And it caught on.
Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes,
quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and
nickels do not? A: The
US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins
containing gold and silver to discourage holders from
shaving off small quantities of the precious metals.
Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because
they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't
notched because the metals they contain are not valuable
enough to shave.
Q: Why do men's clothes have
buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons
on the left? A: When
buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn
primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by
maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right!
Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push
buttons on the right through holes on the left. And
that's where women's buttons have remained
Q. Why do X's at the end of a
letter signify kisses? A: In
the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or
write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X
represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the
document. The X and the kiss eventually became
Q: Why is shifting responsibility to
someone else called 'passing the buck'? A: In card games, it was once
customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to
player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player
did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would
'pass the buck' to the next player.
Q: Why do people clink their glasses
before drinking a toast? A: It used to be common for someone
to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To
prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary
for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the
glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously.
When a guest trusted his host, he would then just
touch or clink the host's glass with his
Q: Why are people in the public eye
said to be 'in the limelight'? A: Invented in 1825, limelight was
used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder
of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre,
performers on stage 'in the limelight' were seen by
the audience to be the center of attention.
Q: Why do ships and aircraft in
trouble use 'mayday'as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word
m'aidez -meaning 'help me' -- and is pronounced 'mayday.'
Q: Why is someone who is feeling great
'on cloud nine'? A: Types of clouds are numbered
according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the
highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that
person is floating well above worldly cares.
Q: Why are zero scores in tennis
called 'love'? A: In
France, where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero
on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called
'l'oeuf,' which is French for
'egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US,
Americans pronounced it 'love.'
Q: In golf, where did the term
'Caddie' come from? A. When Mary, later Queen of Scots,
went to France as a young girl (for education &
survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the
Scot game 'golf.' So he had the first golf course
outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure
she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played,
Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not
a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice
with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced
'ca-day' and the
Scots changed it into 'caddie.'
How Ironic, The French and the use of the word Mayday are synonymous:hand5::rofl:
Thanks for posting. That was an interesting read.