Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's All Trew: Things I bet you never knew - and then some

My continuous research turns up some odd and interesting tidbits of wisdom, recollections or plain old nonsense. Here are a few. # How long has it been since you "dabbed a minor wound with Monkey Blood?" This was once the favored nickname for a medicine called Mercurochrome. Its distinctive red color stopped many a childhood tear without a burn or sting and brought sympathy and hugs to the wounded. #Depending on the area where you lived, the term "grass widow" had different definitions. In some areas, the term meant a discarded mistress. In other areas, it meant a woman alone because of divorce, rejection or separation from a husband who was alive and "still above the grass." # If you are afraid of witches, merely hang a horseshoe above your home entrance. It seems witches are afraid of horses. That's why they ride broomsticks. Heck, makes sense to me. # If you have ever been active in your community and its affairs, you will appreciate this quote: "A committee is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to do the unnecessary." # The word "devout" is explained by the dictionary as "living without sin." An old cowboy friend explains devout as, "A 75-year-old, single, church deacon living in the middle of dry county where the only bootlegger is in jail."...read more

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