Familiar sayings and where they came from ...

1."Fly by the seat of your pants": From early airplanes of 100 years ago. Think of the old string and canvas biplanes with almost no instruments or gauges. The pilot had to be alert and get the feedback from his own senses including the feeling of shifting weight due to the motion of the plane. To fly without charts or instruments, purely on what you could see, hear and feel was flying by the seat of your pants.

2."Bob's your uncle": A primarily British slang term. The rough translation is "It's easy as that". The etymology comes from 1887, when a British Prime Minister (first name Robert) appointed his nephew as minister for Ireland. The blatant nepotism eventually gave rise to the saying.

3. "Let's paint the town red": In Britain it was the drunken revelry of the gentry after a successful fox hunt. It's theorised by some that it is inspired by Dante's Inferno that mentions painting the world scarlet with sin. However, in United States slang "paint" can mean "drink". When someone's drunk their face and nose are flushed red, hence the analogy.

4."Three sheets to the wind?": Sailing reference. A sheet to the wind is a sail that has come loose. Three sheets means all your sails are loose and you are totally out of control.

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Not really a treat

"If you have these treats too often it can become a 'Triple Threat' to your health," says Vince (spotted at Carl's Jr.).

Feline clothes raider

Frank received the following note in his mailbox and immediately went to check his sock drawer ... "Dear neighbours, in recent times our cat had brought us home presents of clothing. We would like to reunite the owners with these items (socks, t-shirts, underwear etc) ... so if you've noticed your clothes disappearing, please contact us on (phone no. supplied). Also, if you've seen a tabby cat trailing clothes behind her, please feel free to remove the clothes from her ... "

When a favourite pal from work is leaving...

Quick links

1. Time-lapse show the effort and skill that goes into painting a picture.

2. Drone flies over the ocean and randomly gets the perfect shot.

Video Pick

Russian folk dancing, known as Berezka, where the dancers seems to float is as mesmerising as it is freaky…


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