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Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« on: July 16, 2007, 08:26:07 pm »

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."


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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 08:20:22 am »
 :D :D I always wondered about the arm and the leg expression........

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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 07:38:07 pm »
Thank you Billy, as they say, you learn something new every day, and that is another lesson learnt.. thank you kind sir. :-*

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 07:55:06 pm »
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 mad e 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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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2007, 07:59:09 pm »
Yukk... could you imagine the stench.... omg.. thank goodness i live now.

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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007, 08:02:28 pm »
well, I have a shower every xmas,....wether I need to or not :D

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 05:07:46 am »
LOL.....Keep em coming, I too young to know any of these things.........

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2007, 07:22:07 pm »
well, I have a shower every xmas,....wether I need to or not :D

oh Billy, i wondered what that smell was drifting over the water.. must be you not having a shower.. Pooooooo!!!!!!! :)

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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2007, 07:24:59 pm »
put a peg on yer nose Cissie ;)

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2007, 07:28:08 pm »
don't want to... you come and do it for me.. :)

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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2007, 09:28:25 am »
 ;D ;D And since Billy is always talking about" the Beckhams"

POSH was a term used by the wealthy passengers on the trans atlantic ships(billy already knows this one)

PO= port out
SH= starboard home.
For you landlubbers  Port is the left side of the ship and Starboard the right.
So when you saiiled from the UK you always had the sun on your side from the south and vice versa on the way back from USA.
Cabins were more expensive this way.
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2007, 08:44:39 am »
Think this one is of historical value.

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THE SUN Wed 30th July 2025.

 Just read in the sun from 2025 that Chelsea are the only team to retain the Premiership title for 10 years in a row. Beating Manchester United by 6 years.

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Does this qualify as Historical???


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Re: Historical tidbits you didn't know you needed to know
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2007, 07:06:18 pm »
No.. doesn't sound like historical, sounds to me like more wishful thinking on the part of the Chelsea supporters..

trust me.. you don't stand a chance.. hehe... but then again.. it's nice to dream  ::)
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2007, 07:09:24 pm »
HA HA HA..............dream on Mac.......yer in the same fantasy land as Tex :D

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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2007, 07:29:31 am »
HA HA HA..............dream on Mac.......yer in the same fantasy land as Tex :D

 ;D ;D ;D Keep at him mac, I need friends like you.lol
We also have one of those sympathisers in OZ who keeps chirping away against our BLUE team, Her name begins with "c" ::)
cheers
« Last Edit: July 31, 2007, 07:32:17 am by texasboy »