Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 05:47:26 -1000
From: Norman Roberts nroberts[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAWAII.EDU
Subject: Re: How cold was it?
My understanding of the phrase, "It's cold enough to freeze the balls on a
brass monkey" is that the monkey is a triangle made of brass upon which cannon
balls were stacked. When it got cold enough, the balls would freeze on the
Nothing to do with the little guy's anatomy.
David R. Carlson
However, in the frozen north, at least when I lived there long ago, there
was the expression "cold enough to freeze the balls OFF a brass monkey."
As I recall, it was also "colder than a well digger's arse in January."
And here in Hawaii right now it is "long sleeve days and two blanket nights."