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Phrase Etymology
Some phrases we use in everyday life have weird, even gruesome origins. Phrases like Saved By the Bell and Rule of Thumb have strange origins.

Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is the icon for the women who stepped up to the plate and entered the workforce during World War II. American women made up fifty percent of the workforce during the war.

Scandal at Bizarre Plantation
Nancy Randolph lived a life that was scandalous, to say the least, but persevered and eventually lived a happy life.

Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple went from being a lovable child star during the Great Depression to becoming a politician in later life.

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth has gone down in history as a leader for the slavery abolition movement and a crusader for women's rights.

The Cattle Drive
The cattle drive was romanticized by western movies and television shows, but in reality, it was a long, dangerous and arduous task to get the cattle to a railhead to be sold and shipped to Chicago and points East.

The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile crisis was the closest that the United States had come to nuclear war against the Soviet Union and Cuba.

The Great Boston Molasses Disaster
A five story tank full of molasses burst one winter day in Boston, Massachusetts. Killing people and destroying property.

The Revolutionary War
The battles of Lexington and Concord was the beginning of the American Revolutionary War in Massachusetts, the epicenter of colonist agression against the British Crown.

The Tet Offensive
Some felt the Tet Offensive was a crucial turning point in the Vietnam War as the North Vietnam Army, along with the Vietcong, captured five South Vietnam cities. However in less than a month, South Vietnam regained control of those cities.

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