I just heard a National Park Ranger tell the story of Union General Sedgwick. Some soldiers were taking cover from Confederate sharpshooters. GEN Sedgwick told the soldiers, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at that distance.” Those were his last words before a bullet struck his head, killing him instantly. I wonder if our little Sedgwick knows that story.
British General Shrapnel developed an improved bomb shell around 1800. The basic design saw extensive use during the American Civil War. Improved designs were popular during WW-1. High explosive shells replaced the shrapnel design by WW-2 but the name stuck to the deadly shower of fragments.
Probably there are not many people now in the USA who use gesudheit or the proper response – dankeschon.
Archie is the usual nickname for Archibald. The little guy’s name is Archie though.
Offal is the perfect example of Ambrose Bierce’s definition of a “Blackguard”
The pharmaceutical industry is forced by government regulations and lawsuits to package most medications in “childproof” containers. Ease of access is not encouraged for fear some uninformed person might harm themselves.
It looks like Mark got lazy with the colors.
The ambulance chaser lawyers seem to like repetitive numbers like 444-4444 or 888-8888. I have seen that in both NY State and Rhode Island.
That was a great song when I was a kid.
Hearing aids have been a real help to me. I was exposed to too much heavy metal as a teenager – not rock music but Civil War artillery. The 12 pounder Napoleon guns and the 3 inch rifles are REALLY LOUD. The aids I have now work with an accessory that links my cell phone to my hearing aids via Bluetooth, which is great.