History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

History of Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Japanese Banker and Erotic Intercourse

A respected banker from southern Japan is arguing with his wife about he wants her to perform highly erotic sex.

The man: "Sukitaki. mojitaka!"

Wife replies: "Kowanini! mowi janakpa!"

The man now angry says: "Toka a anji rodi roumi yakoo!"

Wife literally on her knees begging: "Mimi nakoundinda tinkouji!"

The man shouting: "Na miaou kina Tim kouji!"

I can't believe you just sat there trying to read this – you don’t know Japanese.  Boy some people will read anything as long as it is about sex or politics.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brass Monkeys and Cold Weather - an important lesson from Ralph's Rabbit Ranch

Like most people you might think the old expression 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey' is an inappropriate term or off color expression which should never be said in mixed company.  Well after reading this article you will learn this term can be said anywhere without offending anyone. It really does have a significant historical meaning based on scientific principles.

During the heydays of sailing ships, many ships including freighters and trawlers had huge iron cannons mounted on their decks. 

The cannons were necessary to provide protection should a hostile or enemy vessels try to attack.  Those big old iron cannons fired 'large round' iron cannon balls. It always necessary for each ship to keep a good supply of iron cannon balls near each cannon.

The problem faced however was that sailing ships pitched and yawed when across the waves and they needed some way to prevent the supply of round cannon balls from rolling around the rocking decks? The solution sea captains devised was simple: They would stack the round cannon balls in a square-based pyramid - with one ball on top which would rest on four other balls which would rest on nine other balls, which would rest on the bottom sixteen. Thus, a supply of 29 cannon balls could be stacked and secured in a small area right they on the ship's deck next to a cannon.

There was only one problem with this ingenious method of stacking cannon balls.  How could the ship's crew prevent the bottom layer of cannon balls from sliding or rolling about from under the other cannon balls during rough seas?

The solution that seemed to work best was the invention of a flat metal plate called a 'Monkey'. The monkey - and it took four monkeys - was screwed to the ship's deck.  Each monkey had 4 round indentations hammered into it.  These indentations in the metal where were the bottoms of 16 'bottom tier round cannon balls' rested in.

Initially all Monkeys or metal plates were made of iron.  However is soon became obvious that the iron cannons balls which rested on the indentations of the iron plate would rust due to all that salt water spray and mist in the air. So to prevent the balls and monkeys from rusting naval engineers began to develop Monkeys made of bass - as brass is one of the few inexpensive metals that does not rust. 

Unfortunately, brass itself is not a perfect metal; it tends to expand and contract with weather. Consequently, when the wind temperatures on a ship sailing in the north Atlantic or Pacific dropped near freezing, the indentations in the brass monkeys would shrink or pop up thus the iron cannonballs on the bottom tier had no place securely rest so they would often roll right off the monkeys causing a disaster of cannon balls rolling around the deck. 

Sailors quickly saw for themselves the limitations brass monkeys had and any sailor worth his salt knew that whenever the outside temperature fell to around 32 degrees it was literally 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.' 

Hope you enjoyed this brief and relevant history lesson.

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