Grymm wrote:lalalalalalalalalalalalalala not listening........
Especially if cannonballs are going to be mentioned, it'll only set me off again =o)
I already told them it was nonsense - even posted a link to Snopes. They didn't believe me!
You might be right - you might not be!
I don't like the reasons that Scopes states for 'disproving' the explanation offered.
Warships didn't store Cannonballs on deck on the chance they might go into battle as space was a precious commodity ...
They could have been stored below deck with the cannonballs.
Diligent gunners would have their crews chip away at imperfections on the surface of cannonballs to make them as smooth as possible, in the hopes that this would cause them to fly truer.They did not leave them on deck exposed to the elements, where it would rust ...
Nobody has suggested that cannonballs were left on deck.
Nobody really knows where the phrase originated, but the explanation offered here certainly isn't the answer.
If nobody really knows, then Scopes cannot state with certainty
that the explanation is wrong.
On the other hand ...
(Until someone proves categorically, I still prefer the explanation of the brass monkey weather to the denial by Scopes)
Going to my school was an education in itself. Which is not to be confused with actually getting an education (Schultz)