All you never wanted to know

Written by hootenannie on June 12th, 2008

Behold: the fruits of my internet labor, for your benefit! These are just a few of the many things I have run across as of late. Now, read and learn.

Should I take a lemon wedge in my water?
No. Make that a hell, no.

What are some things that I might get someday?
This, and this, and the Bluebird Cafe version of this. Still this. This might be appropriate, too.

Where did the phrase “balls to the wall” come from?
“The expression comes from the world of military aviation. In many planes, control sticks are topped with a ball-shaped grip. One such control is the throttle—to get maximum power you push it all the way forward, to the front of the cockpit, or firewall (so-called because it prevents an engine fire from reaching the rest of the plane). Another control is the joystick—pushing it forward sends a plane into a dive. So, literally pushing the balls to the (fire)wall would put a plane into a maximum-speed dive, and figuratively going balls to the wall is doing something all-out, with maximum effort. The phrase is essentially the aeronautical equivalent of the automotive “pedal to the metal.” (from this site – thanks, Carl!)

Where can I find cheap fancy groceries in Nashville?

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