Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Why pt 2


Ever wondered why..................why this why that how did that happen why did it happen well I will share with you a few answers to a few why questions this is part two.
WHY?
Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
BECAUSE
In earlier times 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 only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.
WHY?
Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
BECAUSE
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the Centre of attention.
WHY?
Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
BECAUSE
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.
WHY?
In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
BECAUSE
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first 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.

WHY?
Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
BECAUSE
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of 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 container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

30 comments:

  1. Again--this was fascinating! :)

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  2. Interesting! The piggy bank one made me laugh ♥

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  3. These are cool. You should do more.

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  4. Very interesting! I hadn't heard any of those explanations before reading your post.

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  5. Well, at least this time I knew the limelight one. These posts are great! Are more coming?

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  6. Interesting Jo-Anne, you always succeed with something different.

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  7. These are very interesting! Now I have many of my "whys" being answered.

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  8. These were so much fun! There's a guy on our local radio station that does these called Fun Facts and I love them!

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  9. That was terrific. Lots of good answers to 'Why'. I especially liked the explanation of the piggy bank. They were all very interesting.

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  10. What a fun post. I learned a LOT!

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  11. This was so interesting!!! I think the clinking glasses one was my favorite. :)

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