Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In 1940, "Bugs" Hardaway, an illustrator at Warner Bros., submitted a drawing for a rabbit character to his bosses and labeled it "Bugs" Bunny. His drawing wasn't chosen; but, the name was chose for the beloved cartoon character.
People in trouble use the word "mayday", derived from the French word "m'aidez" which means "help me". The signal was in french because the French had more planes in the air in the early 1900s than other countries. Eventually, as the French lost aerial dominance, the word was Anglicized and everyone started using it.
Wearing black during mourning began out of a belief that the spirit of the person who died, fearful of the hereafter, might inhabit the body of a living person. Mourners wore black and hid in the shadows to avoid the departed spirit.
If you get one square meal a day, you're like an 18th century sailor. Mouldy bread and water usually constituted breakfast and lunch; but, if the sailors were lucky, the third meal of the day included meat, served on a square tin plate.
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