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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 ...


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....:)

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

  • Cool!

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

  • I didn't know that.

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

  • That is interesting

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

  • I love useless information like that!

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

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

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

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

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