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It was necessary to keep a good supply of canon balls near the canon
on war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the
problem.

The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based
pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which
rested on sixteen.

Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the canon.

There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from
sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate
with 16 round indentations, called a Monkey.

But if this plate was made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust
to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make Brass Monkeys.

Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster
than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too
far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon
balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally,cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass
monkey.

And all this time, you thought that was a vulgar expression, didn't you?
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
:D :D :p Have you ever seen a brass monkey running round in cold weather looking for a welding machine :eek:
A couple of times yes, I kindly pointed the little scamp in the right direction..
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
:D :D :p Have you ever seen a brass monkey running round in cold weather looking for a welding machine :eek:

Yes, there is plenty where I live! Brass Monkeys that is - not welding machines!
Welding machines, A YES, welding machines - Good times!
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
Tell me what this means please - how can I learn if no one tells me stuff huh :confused:
According the the Urban Dictionary, spanking the monkey means

"waxing the carrot, choking the bishop, jacking the beanstock, yankee-ing the doodle,peting the one eyed wonder weasel, waxing the wood, caulking the cracks, jacking off, wanking"
 

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redmaster said:
According the the Urban Dictionary, spanking the monkey means

"waxing the carrot, choking the bishop, jacking the beanstock, yankee-ing the doodle,peting the one eyed wonder weasel, waxing the wood, caulking the cracks, jacking off, wanking"
oh ok lol hahaha
 
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