Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 09:55:18 PST From: barbara harris Subject: Re: How cold was it? I like David's explanation of the "brass monkey." I never could figure out what an ornamental monkey would have been doing out in the cold anyway. I first heard the expression (as an adult) from my father, a retired gunner, so presumably he knew what it meant (not that he was old enough to have fired canons himself!).