Why is a private detective called a “private eye”?

In 1850, the Pinkerton Detective Agency opened in Chicago with the slogan “We never sleep,” and its symbol was a large wide-open eye. Pinkerton was very effective and criminals began calling the feared operation “the eye.” Raymond Chandler and other fiction writers of the 1930s and 1940s simply embellished the underworld expression by introducing “private eye” as a description for any private investigator.

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What Polygraph instrument does?

Instrument that simultaneously records changes in physiological processes such as heartbeat, blood pressure and respiration used as a lie detector

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What do you put in a toaster?

The answer is bread. If you said “toast”, then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, “bread”, go to question two.

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Why do we say “either fish or cut bait” when we mean “make up your mind”?

There are two main jobs on a fishing boat. One is to “cut bait,” which means to prepare or cut “junk” fish for a hook, or for “chum,” which is dumped in the water to attract other fish. The second job is to do the actual fishing. So the admonition “Either fish or cut bait” doesn’t mean either fish or cut your line; it means make up your mind and decide which job you’re going to do, and just do it.

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How do statues of men on horses tell how the rider died?

Statues of horse and rider are exclusively of monarchs or great warriors and are usually found in places of honour. The tradition is that if the horse is depicted with all four hooves on the ground, the rider died of natural causes. If one hoof is raised, the rider’s death came later from wounds incurred during battle, and if two hooves are in the air, the rider portrayed in the statue died on the battlefield.

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How long will it take me to count to one billion?

Probably longer than your lifetime. Most of the numbers between one and one billion are long and challenging to pronounce. When you start counting the larger numbers like 482,051,341, you will likely start to slow down. If you allow just three seconds to say each number, which is probably faster than most people can count, and you take no breaks at all, it will take you three billion seconds to finish counting. How many years is that? More than 95 years! Here’s how you arrive at that figure: three billion seconds divided by 60 (seconds per minute) = 50,000,000 minutes; 50,000,000 minutes divided by 60 (minutes per hour) = 833,333.333 hours; 833,333.333 hours divided by 24 (hours per day) = 34,722.22 days; 34,722.22 days divided by 365 (days per year) = 95.1 years.

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Why do we say “goodbye” or “so long” when leaving someone?

The word goodbye is a derivative of the early English greeting “God be with you,” or as it was said then, “God be with ye.” Over the years its abbreviated written form and pronunciation became “goodbye.” As for “so long,” it came to Britain with soldiers who had spent time in Arabic-speaking countries, where the perfect expression of goodwill is “salaam.” The unfamiliar word to the English men sounded like, and then became, “so long.”

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Why is a rough interrogation called “the third degree”?

The third degree is a very difficult and sometimes brutal questioning, especially by police. In fact, without its sinister connotation, the expression comes from the Masonic Lodge and its three degrees of membership, each requiring an increasingly difficult examination. The first is Entered Apprentice, the second is Fellowcraft, and the third degree, the one most difficult to pass, is Master Mason.

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Why is someone lost if he “doesn’t have a clue”?

The original spelling of clue was C-L-E-W, and its forgotten meaning is a “ball of yarn or string.” A clew of string was unravelled as a guide out after entering an unfamiliar maze or a cave. If you became lost, all you had to do was follow the string back to the point of origin. In the modern cliché, if someone “doesn’t have a clue,” he is in the dark with no idea how to get out of his dilemma.

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Why cannot a petrol fire be extinguished by water?

Water, which is heavier than petrol, slips down permitting the petrol to rise to the surface and continue to burn. Besides, the existing temperature is so high that the water poured on the fire evaporates even before it can extinguish the fire. The latter is true if a small quantity of water is poured.

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