Monday, June 06, 2022

Random Tuesday

My husband and I spent the weekend in San Antonio with my daughter and her husband, mostly with her because he had to report for Air Force Reserve drill. We enjoyed our time together.

In other news... Genetic testing is completed and results are negative for gene mutations.  Of course, I can't be complacent because there are also environmental and lifestyle factors that can contribute to cancer. But it was still a relief to find no gene mutations.

Speaking of lifestyle and environmental factors, a man was smoking a cigar outside of a restaurant I went to the other day (I can't stand the smell), and it made me think of that phrase, "Close, but no cigar!"  Where did that even come from?  Well, I have answers.

In 1902, Robert Machray wrote a book called The Night Side of London. In it, he talks about reaching a certain score in a game to win a cigar.  Back in the 1920's and 30's in the US, fairs and carnivals travelled the country setting up booths and games.  The games were targeted to adults, and the prize would be a cigar. 

So it is likely the phrase, "Close, but no cigar," resulted from someone who failed to get enough rings around the bottles, or some other type carnival game. Since these carnivals travelled the country, the saying spread along with them.  You can still hear people say, "Close, but no cigar," today.  It would sound silly to say, "Close, but no giant sized stuffed bear."

Which brings me to funnies.

As an English teacher, this was one of my BIGGEST pet peeves!


I know a lot of people went to see the new Top Gun movie.  I've never seen the first one all the way through.  Maybe I shouldn't admit that!

I don't watch the Batman movies, either, but I watched the show back in the 60's.

They do instruct you to put your check on a dark background.

Good question!

And last, but not least...
Or dog hair!  But this is  not to see only people with cat hair on their clothes are happy, of course.

Have a great week!

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  1. I'm glad you had a great visit with your daughter.

    Great news on the genetic testing.

    So that's how that phrase started. Makes sense to me.

    Love all the funnies and the last one is my favorite.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  2. As a fellow English teacher, "alot" does bother the heck out of me!

  3. When I was in high school, our senior year English teacher had us keep a journal, which she would read. We also had to reread the journals ourselves and answer the question, "How many times did you use the nonword "alot" in your writings this week?" My answer was always zero, I worked hard to make sure of it.

    That's great news about the genetic testing, and I'm glad you got to spend time with your daughter.

    Thanks for the funnies!

  4. Loved the “Close but no cigar” explanation and of course the funnies.

  5. I’m anonymous. (Lisa)


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