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Interesting Bit of Trivia

I'm proofreading a history book, and I found an interesting bit of trivia on where the expression "hear a pin drop" comes from. Apparently, in English coffeehouses in the 1700's, businessmen would bid on comodities and the like. To keep time, they stuck pins into lighted candles. When the candles burned down and the wax melted, letting the pins drop on the table, the bidding was over.

Ya learn somethin' new every day ...

 
Ballad

Asked by Ballad at 12:38 AM on Jan. 14, 2013 in Just for Fun

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Answers (7)
  • Hmmm interesting my dear Watson....:)
    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 12:46 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • Cool!
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 12:51 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • I didn't know that.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 12:58 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • That is interesting
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:37 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • I love useless information like that!
    maecntpntz219

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 1:57 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • Interesting. Sounds like a messy way to mark time though!
    tessiedawg

    Answer by tessiedawg at 2:04 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

  • That's cool! Never would have thought of it
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 7:54 AM on Jan. 14, 2013

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