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    Q: Why
    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.'

    Now YOU
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    How Ironic, The French and the use of the word Mayday are synonymous
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
    and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
    service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
    love and thanks of man and woman."

    -- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)

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    Thanks for posting. That was an interesting read.
    "I did the thing I feared the most. Excuse me while I cheer. Now here I stand a stronger soul and all I lost was fear." ...Anonymous

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