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cocoainfinity asked:

Oh my goodness! So today on my lunch break from work (I work in DC btw) we were talking about haunted homes in the area, and someone said "I heard the house is full of creepy little children." and someone else replied "Did they all die in there or just wander on in like a ghost orphanage?" and the one guy who NEVER talks during our lunch breaks just mutters to himself "Dammit Martha." and I almost fell out of my chair laughing. We then spent the rest of our lunch break talking your blog. Brava<3

ladyhistory answered:

OH MY GOSHHHHHHHHH

MY JOKE HAS BEEN RANDOMLY REFERENCED IN REAL LIFE IN D.C.

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Thank you for sharing—this totally made my day! LOL

historical-nonfiction
historical-nonfiction:

Galvani was an 18th century Italian scientist who electrocuted dead frogs to see their muscles twitch, which was pretty amazing at the time. So “to galvanize” originally meant to cause something to jolt into action, as if shocked by electricity (which is what most people use it today for). Then “to galvanize” meant shocked by electricity. Which is the base of electroplating, which is an earlier iteration of the chemical process we know as galvanization — covering metal with zinc to prevent rusting. Which scientists and builders use the word for, confusing everybody else.

historical-nonfiction:

Galvani was an 18th century Italian scientist who electrocuted dead frogs to see their muscles twitch, which was pretty amazing at the time. So “to galvanize” originally meant to cause something to jolt into action, as if shocked by electricity (which is what most people use it today for). Then “to galvanize” meant shocked by electricity. Which is the base of electroplating, which is an earlier iteration of the chemical process we know as galvanization — covering metal with zinc to prevent rusting. Which scientists and builders use the word for, confusing everybody else.