Re: Umbrella Organizations, are you nuts Sean??
- In a message dated 5/30/99 7:13:27 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< Pray, tell me about the brass balls (I know about the son of a gun).
D'ye be knowin' ta whereabouts o' the Navigator's Balls? >>
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggghh Matey! They bain't be brass
balls but 'balls of a brass monkey'. Be thee sittin' comfortably? then I be
A brass monkey was a triangle shaped device placed on the deck of a ship by
the cannon for 'dressing' the ship. On this device (which gets its name from
the powder Monkeys) it is possible to make a neat stack of cannon balls in
the pyramid shape beloved of illustrators. HOWEVER the cannon ball are of
course made of iron and the 'monkey' of brass which, as you will be aware
from physics, shrink at different rates in cold weather. Hence when the
weather gets particularly cold the monkey will no longer hold the balls and
they will roll off. Hence the expression "Cold enough to freeze the balls off
a brass monkey" or in shorthand (still herd in England today) "Its Brass
Shiver me timbers and avast behind 'tis for Afrikay we do be bound,
Pink gin anyone?