The internet is an amazing thing. From the comfort of your easy chair, you can fire up your laptop or smart phone and look up whatever you want, about whatever you want. I am still young enough to be awed by such content.
When I was 8 years old, my parents bought me a book about dinosaurs. I read it until it fell apart. The book shaped my life and set me on a course for a life long interest in them.
I also had, a few years later, a teacher who instil in me an interest in etymology, the history and origin of words and phrases. This continues to fascinate me.
There is a series of videos on youtube featuring Hot Facts Girls. One of them is named Rachel, and she is a healthy young woman with a healthy interest in all kinds of interesting facts.
I include two of her many videos here, as she explains to us, sitting there with rapt attention, the history of well-known words and phrases.
Check ‘em out.
And don't forget this one, too:
You’re welcome. I do this because I love you, you know.
P.S. The new Halifax station is testing its signal at 105.1. It’s LIve 105, and it sounds pretty damned promising so far, if you like newer rock that is. I am very much liking what I’m hearing so far.