Monthly Archives: December 2015

Why Do We Say, “Let’s Put On Our Thinking Caps”?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why Do We Say, “Let’s Put On Our Thinking Caps”?

My family and I were sitting at the dinner table when my daughter said something concerning the phrase “…let’s put on our thinking caps…” I have heard that phrase used innumerable times in my career as a teacher and supervisor, so I asked aloud, “Was there ever a time when people actually put on a cap because they believed it… Read more »

Why Do We Say “You’re Fired” When You Lose Your Job?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why Do We Say “You’re Fired” When You Lose Your Job?

The tenuous existence led by our human ancestors in the distant past placed a premium on the values of cooperation, responsibility and communal living. After all, in these days before the rise of civilizations, small groups of people were isolated from one another and had no one to rely upon for survival except themselves. All food, clothing, shelter and other… Read more »

Why Are They Called “Polka Dots”? Why is it Called a “Bikini”?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why Are They Called “Polka Dots”? Why is it Called a “Bikini”?

Starting in the years between 1830-1835, Europe and then the United States were struck by a dance craze originating with the Bohemian and Czech peoples of Europe. The new dance, the “polka, “was named after the Bohemian word “polka,” which means, simply, a Polish woman. (NOTE: The Bohemian word “polak,” which means a Polish man, gave us the racial slur… Read more »

Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History

The “Tootsie Roll” is 119 years old this year (2015). Who invented it? How did it get its name? The story goes something like this. Leo Hirschfeld (other sources spell his name Hirschfield) was an Austrian immigrant who came to the United States in 1884, arriving in New York City with very little money and a set of skills that… Read more »

A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?

Bananas have an interesting history.¬†Some horticulturalists believe that the banana was the Earth’s first “fruit.”¬†Actually, the banana is not a fruit, it is an herb.They are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia before recorded history (5,000-8,000 B.C.). They spread throughout the rest of Asia and Oceania. Alexander the Great and his army encountered bananas when they invaded India in… Read more »