And More Hysterical History

In England houses had thatched roofs made of thick straw, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm. So all the cats and other small animals lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would fall off the roof. Hence the saying:  “It’s raining Cats and Dogs!”

Also in England, many years ago, bread was baked over the open fire.  When it was done, it was divided according to status. Workers got the burned bottom, the family got the middle, and guests got the top … or:  “The Upper Crust!”


When Will Rogers was being taken to the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge, he was cautioned not to try to be funny because the President had no sense of humor. The undaunted Rogers bet he could have Coolidge laughing within 20 seconds. When the formal introduction was made, “Mr. President, may I introduce my friend, Mr. Will Rogers,” Rogers held out his hand with a questioning look and said, “Pardon me, I didn’t quite get the name.” Coolidge roared with laughter, and Rogers won the wager.

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