The “hammock.” Where does that word come from?

Jerry Anderson   February 19, 2016   Comments Off on The “hammock.” Where does that word come from?
 

 When Columbus and his men reached the West Indies in 1492, they found the natives sleeping in hanging beds called “hamacas.” Sailors borrowed this idea immediately for two good reasons. First, it made it possible for them to avoid sleeping on the often wet and filthy floors and decks of their ships. Second,  it was a way to prevent rats,… Read more »

WHY IS A DRUNKARD CALLED A “LUSH”?

Jerry Anderson   February 16, 2016   Comments Off on WHY IS A DRUNKARD CALLED A “LUSH”?
 

   Dr. Thomas Lushington, was an English clergyman/chaplain who was widely and famously known to like his liquor, and indulged himself deeply and frequently in this singular vice. He lived from 1590 to 1661, a long life for that time in history and, it can be speculated, it was a result of his penchant for drink. Water was not safe… Read more »

Why Do Judges Wear Black Robes?

Jerry Anderson   February 13, 2016   Comments Off on Why Do Judges Wear Black Robes?
 

 In England, before 1694, the most popular colors for judge’s robes were green, scarlet (red) and violet – apparently, you had a choice! In 1694, Queen Mary II of England (pictured below) died and was buried in Westminster Abbey in London. At her funeral, all the judges in attendance wore their official judicial robes – but wore them in the… Read more »

How did the month of February get its name? Ancient Rome and the second month of the year.

Jerry Anderson   February 4, 2016   Comments Off on How did the month of February get its name? Ancient Rome and the second month of the year.
 

 February gets its name from the ancient Roman festival of fertility and purification called “Februa.” The festival of “Februa” emphasized atonement and the need for purification to bring about good fortune and fertility. The Romans were a very superstitious people, and in ancient times February was the first month of the year. It made sense to them to have a… Read more »

WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?

admin   February 1, 2016   Comments Off on WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?
 

 In the late 19th century, Cambridge University was one of the most eminent schools in England. The  sons of the rich and wealthy went there for their educations. Besides attending to their studies, students at Cambridge engaged in sporting activities which were offered for their health and entertainment. One of the most popular sports was competitive rowing (“sculling”). The members… Read more »