I like to call this series: "Let Me Look That Crap up So You Don't Have To"

Might be a series not real sure yet, but on the premise that we all have those moments of "I wonder what....."
  1. Let me start by saying I am completely not responsible for the thought and research that actually went into this, i.e. I am not attempting to take creative license for this material, point being I went on to Google and found this off the Internet during a rabbit hole session.....So you didn't have to, paraphrasing from other sources there
  2. To kick things off I thought about where and why the hell did weird phrases ever get started, what's the origin of them turns out a lot of outlets and people have wondered this before which made me feel 2 things 1) a little less weird and 2) Grateful as the info was plentiful
  3. "Dollars to Donuts"
    Used by 19th century gamblers who were betting short odds dollars being something of value against a donut which also looked like a zero as being worthless
  4. "Bite the Bullet"
    During battle field surgeons who had no time to administer anesthesia would have the patient bite down on a bullet to distract them from pain
  5. "Win Hands Down"
    Relates to horse racing, a jockey who is able to ride and win smoothly without the use of a whip rides hands down
  6. "Bob's your Uncle"
    1800s in Ireland the PM Lord Salisbury (whose name was Robert) made a surprising appointment for one of his key department heads to his Nephew
  7. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"
    The best way to check a horses value is by checking how much their gums have receded with age. Thus looking a gift horse this way was considered rude
  8. "Mind your p's and q's"
    In the days when pubs served Pints and Quarts, when people would get a little too drunk the bartender would recite this to them
  9. "Sleep tight"
    Mattresses used to be held to bed frames by rope, and thus need to be Roped tight for stability
  10. "Three Sheets to the Wind"
    Comes from the land of sailing, most commonly either a 4 sail ship only using 3 sails or a 3 sail ship whose sails are loose, causes the boat to move in sporadic directions
  11. "Cold Shoulder"
    Dates back to a common practice of giving unwelcome guests the cheapest meat, the cold shoulder of mutton
  12. "Go the Whole Nine Yards"
    Pilots in World War II received 9 yards of chain ammo, thus the phrase especially when used on one target
  13. "Saved by the Bell"
    This is a bit messed up. In the old days it was common to be buried alive, to combat this potential "error" people would have coffins made with a rope connected to a Bell above ground and guards listened for any sign of the bell being rung to dig up the Dead People
  14. "Spill the Beans"
    Beans were used in Ancient Greece to vote for candidates. White bean for approval Black bean for a no. Often times, some uncoordinated person might "accidentally" knock over the jar and reveal the secret vote
  15. "Break the Ice"
    Old time shipping routes often caused large ships to get stuck in the winter, the receiving port towns would send small ships out to break the ice
  16. "Turn a Blind Eye"
    Attributed to British naval admiral Horatio Nelson who had a blind eye. When his superiors signaled for him to stop attacking he held the telescope up to his blind eye and said he did not see the signal