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05 February 2007 @ 06:49 am
* C * O * L * D *  

Great-galloping-greasy-gravy-good-golly-miss-Molly it's arfing *C*O*L*D* out there! Cold enough to freeze the brass off of a bald monkey, as they say. Brrrrrrrrr!

It sez here it's -15° (that translates to -25°C, for those of you who live in civilized countries). I about froze something important off on my way home, and I was in a car.

 
 
Current Mood: coldcold
 
 
 
Skylarkerskylarker on February 5th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Definitely Brrr.
I've had to keep the cats in at night and they are not happy.
Peter Hentges: o rlyjbru on February 5th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
They would be unhappy if you let them out, too. Can't please cats.
Skylarkerskylarker on February 5th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
They'd be catsicles if I let them out, which is why I don't do it despite their complaints.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
"They'd be catsicles if I let them out…" Doggie treats!
Skylarkerskylarker on February 8th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
You'd wind up with dogsicles, too, if they went out after the catsicles. After a while I could see a whole frozen zooful. :)
Liana: Chicagotezliana on February 5th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
It's about the same here. I'm feeling it despite flannel-lined chinos.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
And there you get the added bonus of cutting, moisture-laden wind off the lake. B-u-r-r-r-r-rrr. Here at least it tends to get calm when it's below zero. (On the other hand, down in the southwest corner of Minnesota there's absolutely nothing to stop the wind between there and the Rockies. Ufta!)
Gen IIthe_leewit on February 5th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yeep! Hugs.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks. Nothing better than warm hugs on a cold winter's night I always say.
Matthew B. Tepperasimovberlioz on February 5th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Forecast high today of 81°F in my neck of the woods.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Oh, go away lotus-boy. We're talking weather here. Real lumberjack stuff—like as to have to button up our vests.
Matthew B. Tepper: Jar Jar and Kathie Leeasimovberlioz on February 8th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I see you're a musician,
And not just a common loon;
For none but a musician
Stirs his coffee with ... a spoon?

No, that's not right. Sigh, back to the drooling board.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 9th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)

I see you are a blogger
And not just a common hack
For nobody but a blogger
Stirs his coffee with a FAQ

Um. I see what you mean…

the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on February 5th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
-12
It's -12 right now, and my outside thermometer agrees.

Crazy.

B
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: -12
Yeah. Crazy. Now with snow!
Matthew B. Tepper: Mr. Garibaldi with doveasimovberlioz on February 8th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: -12
snow, ewwww
Annenetmouse on February 5th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
And thus my decision to jog on the track this morning rather than go swimming...

Still, it doesn't feel all that cols to me, outside of the fact that my glasses fog up. I think it's all this exercise.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Yuppers. When you have to cut a hole in the ice to go swimming, you know it's time to jog instead…
Peter Hentgesjbru on February 5th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't miss that early-morning drive home at all. Now my decision comes down to deciding between the cold and cleaning puppy puddles off the floor. Surprisingly, the cold wins.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
"…deciding between the cold and cleaning puppy puddles off the floor." Can't you just take the box Caryl Meryl points to?
Marybraider on February 5th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, I've heard it as "freezing the balls off a brass monkey", with the monkey in question being the old-style storage rack for canon balls.... This may be ... it's definitely not "urban" legend, but.... I'm forgetting the generic. Anyway, I was told that the differential between how much the cannon balls shrunk in the cold plus the shrinkage of the brass racks caused the balls to fall through the racks, if it was cold enough. Apocryphal! That's the word.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)

Actually, so have I. It's just that I have this great fondness for puns, spoonerisms … word-play of all sorts.

According to the Wikipedia article on Brass monkey (colloquial expression), the term you're looking for here is "folk etymology," although "apocryphal" will certainly serve. That is to say, the canon-ball theory "is discredited by Snopes [the Urban Legends Reference Pages], Michael Quinion, and others…" for what look to me like some pretty solid reasons. The start of the Wiki entry states rather dryly: "What a brass monkey is in this phrase is the subject of much discussion."

I must thank you, by the way. Absent your comment I wouldn't have thought to look up "brass monkey" in Wikipedia, and I found the article (and a number of its hyperlink tangents) to be fascinating.

Crystal Cleartalyen on February 5th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm usually very careful not to discuss the weather down here, except when brought up by other people, and to always be complimentary. Today I said that it was going to be "warm" this weekend, because it will be going up above freezing.

It was 12 degrees here today, which seemed warm compared to MI and MN, and above freezing in February seems downright friendly.

I was admonished that the 30's (or 0 - 4 degrees civilized) is never "warm" down here.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on February 8th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Yeah. When we were in Brisbane in June a few years back, everybody kept apologizing to us for how cold it was. Cold? Heh. Felt like perfect weather to us—slightly brisk in the mornings and evenings, warm during the day. What's not to like? ('Twas then I decided that my life-ambition is to Winter in Minneapolis and Brisbane, 'cause I mislike summer here and I seriously doubt I would like it there.)