Subject: Navy History:
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships, and many freighters
iron cannons. Those cannon fired round iron cannon balls.
It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. But how to
them from rolling about the deck?
The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based
with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested
sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a
right next to the cannon.
There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from
sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal
16 round indentations, called a Monkey. But if this plate was made
the iron balls would quickly rust to it.
The solution to the rusting problem was to make Brass Monkeys.
Few landlubbers realize, that brass contracts much more and much
iron when chilled.
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass
would shrink so much, that the iron cannon balls would come right off
Thus, it was quite literally, Cold enough to freeze the balls off a
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