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Days Of The Week: Germanic, Norse And Roman Origins
The original naming of the days is, by most accounts, attributed to the early Romans who associated the seven days with seven planets (and stars).
Pounds To Lbs: The Abbreviation's Origin
The unit of mass known as 'pounds' is derived from an ancient Roman unit of mass called the 'libra' which was about 327 grams. Lbs is an abbreviation of libras.
Best Theory For Where The Term 'Whole Nine Yards' Originated
There are a few competing theories as to the origin of 'whole nine yards', but perhaps the most plausible comes from WWII.
L.L. Cool J Name Meaning: Here's How He Came Up With It
James Todd Smith changed his name to a more appealing rapper stage name: 'L.L. Cool J' which translates to 'Ladies Love Cool James'.
Led Zeppelin - When Giants Walked The Earth
Origin Of The Word 'Vitamin'
Rock N' Roll: Here's Where The Name Came From
Rock N Roll was originally used to describe the movement of ships at sea but over time came to be associated with one of the most popular genres of music.
Here's Where The Term 'Southpaw' Came From
The term southpaw was first used in baseball to refer primarily to pitchers.