The Kings In A Deck Of Cards Represent Who?

March 1st, 2010

Did you know that the kings in a deck of cards represent real leaders in history. When the deck of cards were realized in France in the 15th century. These leaders come from all around the ancient world. While the suits of the kings represent their culture they led. Spades honor the Biblical Middle East and the king is David. The Clubs are for Greece and the king being Alexander The Great. Julius Caesar is the king of diamonds and represents the pre-Christian Roman empire. Finally hearts honors the Holy Roman Empire led by Charlemagne, he is the king of Hearts.

Some people believe that the ace represents god, but it hasn’t been proven. But it would be the most likely representative of the strongest and most useful card which can be low and high.

What do Chickens have to do with Chicken Pox?

February 27th, 2010

Chickens have nothing, really absolutely nothing to do with chicken pox. The scientist’s needed a name for the highly contagious but less fatal than it’s deadly and dreaded small pox form, the other form of chicken pox. Because small pox was already named they needed another name for this different less deathly form. To make it clearly different from the other form they named it unscientifically Chicken Pox.

Did you know? Even animals have the pox diseases, specially the chicken pox, the animals that resemble us, chimpanzees and other primates.

What are the origins of “eeney, meeney, miney, moe”?

February 27th, 2010

Everyone has heard this at least once in their childhood, if they lived in an English speaking country. There might be version for different language and culture, though I can’t confirm that. The myth is that the Druids used it to decide who to sacrifice and it was some kind of counting system in the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic or Welsh language. Thought the latter is not proven but the first one has been considered real for a longtime.

The first ever time this rhyme ever appeared was in 1855, but it dates back far long before that. At that time the words were different from the present ones, for example it was “Hanna,mana,mona, mike”. It follows the same trend, three words starting with m and one with another.

Why is a duplicate an “spitting image”?

February 26th, 2010

Often if you look similar to someone, example your dad, people will say you look like a spitting image of your dad. But where does this weird expression come from, maybe it has a reference to spirit and image…No that’s to unrelated to be it. At the apex of the British empire, just about every man  would spit in their boots to polish it. And the shine would reflect their face, that’s where the term originated.

Did you know in 1922 the British empire was one of the largest empires of all time, with a control over 458 million people and over 33 million km2 of lands in their possession.

Where did the word Tomboy started from?

February 25th, 2010

A tomboy, these days is what we call a girl that has the attributes of a boy. These are girls that wear cloths like boys and often are interested in what men are like sports something not many other women like. And they often befriend boys more often than girls but normally a boy has more boy friends than girls and vice versa.  The 1500s term meant a girl who was rude and aggressive not necessarily one similar to a boy. Before that time it was a boy who was rude and not a girl. If you research a bit the habits of a tomcat you might understand what the tomboy attitude really is. In 1930, the meaning of the word changed it meant a girl who liked the company of other men, more specifically it meant prostitutes.

The anglo-saxon origins of the word are tumbere which meant to dance […] Continue Reading…

Why are thugs called Hooligans?

February 25th, 2010

In 1898, a London newspaper wrote a bunch of articles about a gang known as “Hooley’s Gang”, they would call themselves Hooligans. Strangely, the word appeared in San Francisco and New York at the same time. But no one ever named Hooley was found, it was presumed that Hooley was an Irish reference for Rowdy, Wild.

Other sources claim the word originated from another criminal named Patrick Hoolihan. He was a bouncer and a thief in London, borough of Southwark. Few other theories claim that it was an Irish family in the borough of Southwark, they were known as the Hoolihans and were very wild. And the other other theories suggest just that the word houlie, Irish, is the meaning of wild and hooligan comes from that.

Why is a hero’s helper called a Sidekick?

February 25th, 2010

The word sidekick is often used to describe a personne who is helper of someone. Most often used as a term for a special buddy, helper, it is can be often found in Comic books, like Batman and his sidekick Robin are the most obvious pair.. The origins of the word are associated to crime rather than fantasy and comics. It was used to describe a close male associate, it first came into use in 1905. Often used by pickpockets to name their partner in crime.  Kick’s were the term in early 1900s to describe a man’s pants. And their pockets were on the side of their kicks so if you fusion the two words together you get a sidekick.

The pickpocketing process would work like this, one man would bump into you then distract you by talking to you and then the sidekick would snatch something from you really […] Continue Reading…

Why are photographers called “Paparazzi”?

February 24th, 2010

The word is often used to describe photographers who specialize in photos of celebrities. The word has become tag for this people who follow celebrities to take annoying pictures of them. The word came to be in Frederico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita, the word was taken from that movie and became synonymous with pesky photographers in 1968. There was a character in the movie named Signor Paparazzo(singular form of paparazzi) he was obnoxious, creepy and stalker, he was hated by the celebrities.

Before the modern meaning the Italian word meant a buzzing insect which isn’t far of a what modern paparazzi is to the stars.

Why is the mystical board game called “The Ouija Board”?

February 24th, 2010

It has many different name but basically an Ouija Board is a talking board if used correctly one can communicate with spirits through it. This board game has been around since the 4th Century but the patent was obtained by someone only in 1854, by a German professor and later by the Parker Brothers in 1966.

The game it self starts with communication with spirits, the first question often is, are there any spirits here? Which the answer is in the name of the game, Oui is the french word for Yes and Ja is the German word for Yes, the German word can be associated to the German professor but the origins of the French part are unknown.

Why is cooking outside called a “Barbeque”?

February 23rd, 2010

Everybody loves BBQs, specially in summer, out in the lake behind your parents house making some really great barbeque for all of the family.. If you haven’t noticed yet the word doesn’t look anything like an English word or one with an Anglo-Saxon background. Well it’s simply because it comes from the Native Americans, when the Spanish visited an island on the Caribbean, the Arawak people showed them the barbacoa, which was a structure they used to sleep on and cook large animals on. The Spanish borrowed the word for whenever they used to cook whole large animals over a fire. The word spread out and the English called it barbecue too, but a c instead of the Q.

Did you know the first people that Christopher Columbus found out in the New Worlds which he thought was India, were the Arawaks. The Spanish said they were a primitive civilization […] Continue Reading…