Cold enough to make brass monkeys speak falsetto?

Ever wondered about the origins of the phrase "Cold enough to freeze to balls off a brass monkey"? Does it have anything to do with monkeys, brass or otherwise? Who knows? There are plenty of web sites offering plausible accounts of nautical origins but snopes.com seems to dispels them all.

Carbon monoxide poisoning
Students should be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning which still claims the lives of up to 50 people per year and injures four times this number. Some people are left with permanent neurological damage. Diagnosis can be difficult, as symptoms are vague and indistinct. They include.... [More]

Chilblains
Chilblains develop as a reaction to the cold in susceptible individuals. They present as itchy, painful red/purple swellings in the skin. They occur most commonly on the extremities; fingers, toes, nose and earlobes can be affected... [More]

Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. With the number of infected continuing to rise Chlamydia is fast becoming an epidemic, especially in the under 25s. In 2009 88% of women and 69% of men diagnosed were under 25... [More]

Frostbite
Frostbite is a cold-related injury characterized by the freezing of tissue. It can result from prolonged exposure to moderate cold or brief exposure to extreme cold. Tissue injury is greatest when cooling is slow, cold exposure is prolonged, the rate of rewarming is slow, and, especially, when tissue is partially thawed and refreezes... [More]

Impotence-the facts
Students arenít impotent. Or are they? Impotence can be defined as the inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. The condition is common, affecting 1:10 men over the age of 21. Whilst one of the commonest causes is age, it does affect young men too. One thing is for sure, if you start worrying about having an erection, the harder it is to achieve.... [More]

Raynaud's phenomenon
Fingers white, blue, red and painful in the cold? You could be suffering from Raynaud's phenomenon.... [More]

Sore throats, coughs, colds, sinusitis-What you can take to help:
Coughs, colds, sore throats, sinusitis and ear infections are nearly always caused by viral infections. You will make a full recovery on your own and increasingly the evidence shows that it is better for you to get better without antibiotics.... [More]

Travel advice for diabetics
The rise in long haul travel poses some difficulty for diabetics. Travelling across time zones means that your insulin requirements may change and you might need to take more care with your diet and fluid intake. The following tips should be of use... [More]


 

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