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I found this on europastar.com

freezing the balls off a brass monkey doesn’t refer to a brass monkey asking the whereabouts of a good welder, but it pertains to the old wooden fighting ships of yore. Cannonballs were placed beside the guns on a large brass ring called a monkey and when the weather was very cold the brass shrank and the cannonballs rolled off.
 

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Wow. Who knew this? I'd think many are aware of the phrase, but did anyone here know the history of this?

Boscoe, what was this information doing in EuropeStar? I thought that periodical was just covering the European watch industry.
 

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I learned that while in the Navy.

You learn all kinds of useless information during a 20n year career...

:lol:
 

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Not zapped! Enhanced.

Now you have an entire history of the figure of speech to relate to your shivering friends and how it evolved from a brass monkey's whiskers to gonads to the canard of the cannon balls on the deck of a ship.
 
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