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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:24 PM

Its so cold it could freeze the balls off of a brass monkey

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters
carried iron cannons. Those cannon fired round iron cannon balls. It was
necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. But how to prevent them
from rolling about the deck?
The best storage method devised was a square based pyramid with one
ball on top, resting on four resting on nine which rested on sixteen.
Thus, a supply of thirty cannon balls could be stacked in a small area
right next to the cannon.
There was only one problem — how to prevent the bottom layer from
sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate
called a “Monkey” with sixteen round indentations. But, if this plate
was made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution
to the rusting problem was to make “Brass Monkeys.”
Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much
faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped
too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon
balls would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally,
“Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!”
(And all this time, you thought that was a dirty expression, didn’t you?)
You must send this fabulous bit of historical knowledge to at least
ten unsuspecting friends (or enemies) within thirteen and one half
seconds. If you don’t, your floppy is going to fall off your hard drive and
kill your mouse. Don’t send it back to me. I’ve already seen it.

Truth or fiction, its fun to know what it means.

https://www.truthorfiction.com/brassmonkeys/

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oflguy Jan 2019 OP
Lira Feb 2019 #1
SatansSon666 Feb 2019 #2

Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 09:46 PM

1. Thanks!

But it was more fun thinking of it the other way.

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 08:33 AM

2. I'll go with fiction.

I don't think brass wouldn't expand or contract enough for that or quickly enough to spill the balls.

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