Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why is it called a “leotard”?

Jerry Anderson   January 29, 2016   Comments Off on Why is it called a “leotard”?

The year 1842 was a significant one in French history because a child was born who would grow up to be a very active, energetic and athletic young man. His parents named him Jules. He grew up in the city of Toulouse, where his father operated a swimming pool and taught gymnastics. Jules was a handful and his parents had… Read more »

Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?

Puritan parents generally did not dote upon their children. At meals, the adults ate first, sitting at table while the children stood behind the adults, ready to serve them until they were finished eating. When the adults left the table, then, and only then, did the children sit down to eat their meal. In raising children the Puritan parent held… Read more »

“Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 21, 2016   Comments Off on “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Children’s books of the 1780s were very moralistic and were bought by parents in hope of instilling a behavioral message that would make an impression on their children. One of the most popular titles of the day was a children’s novel titled The History of Little Goody Two Shoes. Originally published in London in 1765, it remained a popular children’s book… Read more »

THE ORIGIN OF TEA.

Jerry Anderson   January 17, 2016   Comments Off on THE ORIGIN OF TEA.

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. It is estimated that, world wide, 3 billion cups of tea are drunk each day. That translates into approximately 1 and 1/2 trillion cups a year! The only other liquid that humans on the planet drink more of is water. Where did tea come from? Its origin is shrouded in ancient… Read more »

Where does the month of January get its name?

Jerry Anderson   January 15, 2016   Comments Off on Where does the month of January get its name?

How did the month of January receive its name? The first month of the year is named after the Roman God Janus who had two faces, one looking forward and the other backward. One face looked into the future and the other into the past. He was the patron god of entrances, gates and doorways, of beginnings, and of births…. Read more »