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Q: Why men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

Q: Why ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m’aidez –meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Q: Why zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?

A: In France , where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

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Was Winnie the Pooh Written to Explain PTSD to a Boy?

Some may be aware of this, but I had no idea about A.A. Milne’s wartime service and the connection to these beloved stories.

Nicholas C. Rossis

In an interesting post by We Are The Mighty, Eric Milzarski theorizes that A. A. Milne, an English author and veteran of both World Wars, wrote Winnie the Pooh to explain the harsh reality of war to his own child when he penned the 1926 children’s classic.

As a young man,Alan Alexander Milne stood up for King and Country when it was announced that the United Kingdom had entered World War I. In 1915, he was commissioned as an officer member of the Royal Corps of Signals into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Soon after, he was sent to France to fight in the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Offensive | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
World War 1. Somme Offensive. Scottish Highland regiment advancing under fire during the taking of Longueval, July 28, 1916.

The description, “Hell on Earth” is apt, but doesn’t come close to fully describing the carnage of what became the bloodiest battle…

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