Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brass Monkey Weather

One of my favorite English sayings is, and this is true of Houston today:

"It's so cold it'd freeze the balls off a brass monkey."

I give this to you, people of Earth. Use it wisely.



2 comments:

D.E.M. said...

You can take the man out of England, but...

nickguetti said...

Do you know what that's from? Cannon balls on a ship used to be made of iron and the stands they were stacked on were the same metal: you'd always lose the bottom layer to corrosion. So they made the stand out of brass instead. For some reason, the name of this stand was "monkey". But in cold weather of a certain temperature, the monkey would shrink and the balls would pop off it.

Nevertheless, when I lived in New England there were some winters when I swear I saw a crowd of brass monkeys carrying welding equipment...