Category Archive for "Did you know?"

Sleep Tight

Mar 20 2016

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was…

Riffraff

Feb 01 2016

The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive…

The Buck Stops Here

Jan 22 2016

Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it was common…

Iron Clad Contract

Jan 16 2016

This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

Bought the Farm

Jan 05 2016

This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an…

The Whole Nine Yards

Dec 26 2015

American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that…