Fun fact 2/24/2017

Samuel Freeman Miller, Supreme Court Justice from 1862 to 1890, wrote more opinions than any other Justice ever – 616! Michael A. Ross. Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court during the Civil War Era. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

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Fun fact 11/23/2017

Along the theme of famous adages, “don’t buy a pig in a poke” comes from the same previously referenced medieval markets where people would buy small piglets in tiny bags or “pokes” (from the French word poque, which developed into the English word “pocket”); often the purchasers of the “pigs in pokes” were be upset […]

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Fun fact 2/21/2017

The phrase “cats out of the bag” comes from medieval markets where livestock was sold, then placed in bags for transport. Wiley merchants would tricks buyers after the livestock was selected by placing cats, which ran rampant, in the bags instead. When home, the unsuspecting buyer would realize the trick…and exclaim “the cat’s out of […]

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Fun fact 2/18/2017

The aquatic ape theory, popularized in the 1970s and 1980s, suggests that early hominids lived in water at least part of the time. This aquatic lifestyle supposedly accounts for our hairless bodies, which made us more streamlined for swimming and diving; our upright, two-legged walking, which made wading easier; our layers of subcutaneous fat, which […]

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