Rain is Better Than Snow and Saturday School

It was a dark and stormy night beautiful sunrise morning.


That 5-8″ of snow that was predicted came in the form of rain.  I woke up to rain on Thursday and it never stopped.  As gloomy and dreary as that sounds, the fact that it didn’t pile up on my yard and driveway made me happy.  I watched some Redbox movies and got some long overdue chores completed.

I am trying something new.  It’s called ThredUp!   I knew it was like a second-hand or consignment store but on-line.  What I didn’t know was how easy it is to donate to them.  I signed up and they sent me a HUGE bag to fill and send back – postage paid.  The items have to be in excellent condition (no missing buttons, wear signs , etc.) and they want brand names.   If they get some items that don’t pass their quality test, they donate them for you.  So it’s a win-win.



Last night’s workout was called Cardio Recovery.  38 minutes of Shaun T putting you through stretches, squats, lunges, and balance exercizes while constantly telling you that there is no cardio today.  When you are dripping with sweat, it doesn’t seem to help all that much.



I had someone send these Why…..Because to me and I think you will enjoy them as much as I did, plus feel a little smarter when you are done (at least I did).  Also, it’s great to have if you need a conversation starter!


1… WHY

Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?


When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.  Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right!   And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.


2 … WHY?

Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?


This comes from the French word m’aidez – meaning ‘help me’ – and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’



3 … WHY?

Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?


In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’  When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it ‘love.’



4 … WHY?

Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?


In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.



5 … WHY?

Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck’?


In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.  If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.



6 … WHY?

Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?


In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.



7… WHY?

Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?


Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the Center of attention.




8 … WHY?

Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?


Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.



9 … WHY?

In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?


When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.  To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.

Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.  In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into caddie.



10 … WHY?

Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?


Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.  And it caught on.

And that, my friends, is your Saturday school session!

One Step at a time,



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