Barber pole

Why are there swirling red, white, and blue poles outside of barbershops?

The red, white, and blue on the barber pole represents blood, bandages, and veins respectively. This odd representation has its origins in the Bronze...
Buck deer

Why are dollars referred to as bucks?

Like many others words, the etymology of this word isn't 100% clear, but strong evidence suggests that a dollar is called a “buck” thanks...
Colonel

Why is the word colonel pronounced like it has an “r” in it?

The American word, colonel, was derived from the French word, coronel, through a process called dissimilation. In the 1500's, English borrowed a handful of military...
Argentinian Station

How many people live in Antarctica?

The population of Antarctica fluctuates between 1,000 and 4,000 people, depending on the time of the year. For the most part, there are two types of...
girl giving boy the cold shoulder

Where does the phrase, “giving me the cold shoulder,” originate?

Short answer: It was a mistranslation of a phrase from the Vulgate Bible.

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