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PostSubject: Brass monkeys   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:09 am

DID YOU KNOW THIS?


It was necessary
to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But
How to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The storage
method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on
top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on
sixteen.

Thus,
a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to
the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer
from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The
solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons
unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would
quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of
brass - hence,Brass
Monkeys.

Few landlubbers
realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when
chilled.

Consequently,
when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so
much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the
monkey.

Thus, it was quite
literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this
time, folks thought that was just a vulgar
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PostSubject: Re: Brass monkeys   Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:14 am

Wow that's some amazing information Hate. Very interesting indeed. I wonder how they dealed with rogue waves which would knock their brass monkey balls clear into the goddamn water!

PS: Love your signature Hate. Damn that's cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Brass monkeys   Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:18 am

Yea it was a bit of cool info .. And thank you so much .. I think im going to keep this signature a while ..lol BTW love yours also .. Its just mean !
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PostSubject: Re: Brass monkeys   Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:25 am

Hah neat! And yes hate your signature is ridiculous

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PostSubject: Re: Brass monkeys   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:05 pm

breakyoudown wrote:
Hah neat! And yes hate your signature is ridiculous
Thank you , thank you fine sir ..
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