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OT/ Brass Monkeys

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by 6878mm, Nov 25, 2008.

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  1. 6878mm

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    The reason that they were called monkeys, is that they took the place of the small boys that served the guns, "powder monkeys"
    I am not sure about this ,but, the term " to freeze the balls of a brass monkey " came about when Frobisher was looking for the NW passage?
    As I said , unsure??
     
  2. 2labman

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    The Truth

    According to the United States Navy Historical Center, this is a legend of the sea without historical justification. The center has researched this because of the questions it gets and says the term "brass monkey" and a vulgar reference to the effect of cold on the monkey's extremities, appears to have originated in the book "Before the Mast" by C.A. Abbey. It was said that it was so cold that it would "freeze the tail off a brass monkey." The Navy says there is no evidence that the phrase had anything to do with ships or ships with cannon balls.
     
  3. Haskins Bill

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    Hmm! Anything like 'Colder than a witches tit". Haha Bill
     
  4. fletcher

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    Only common ground between the witch and the monkey is the Brass it sure must get cold.
     
  5. Uncle Sam

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    That's how cold it gets here in N.W. Penna.!!.......Uncle Sam, Pa.
     
  6. BILL GRILL

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    What the h does the navy know anyway? I like it good story.
     
  7. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    There is a bit of interesting yet useless information.
     
  8. BuckGuru

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    try snopes.com for alternative theories.
     
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