tennis court

Where did the tennis scoring system come from?

The are multiple theories of where the tennis scoring system came from. I've summarized those here. In sports, if you don't score, a common saying...
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...
Flaky pie crust

What is the difference between pie and cobbler?

Pie usually has crust only on the bottom, while cobbler usually only has crust on the top. There are exceptions, though. Pilgrims were said to be...
Palace of Westminster and Parliament

What is the difference between the United Kingdom, England, Great Britain, and Britain?

I'm going to start off using high-level terms and get more specific as the post goes on. I'll also be using the terms island,...
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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