In NYC and Chicago, a certain time of day was referred to as "The Century Hour".
M. Mitchell Marmel posted:p51 posted:
Not used to so much now, but it used to be a common phrase to tell people, "Next time, take the train," when seeing a car broken down. I guess this was a more modern version of telling a broken down car driver, "Get a horse!"
You also see it in a few Warner Brothers cartoons from the era.
Also from WWII era WB cartoons et cetera: "Is this/was that trip REALLY necessary?"
Bugs actually kicked himself off a train because the travel was not necesssary.
Wonder how much freeway and airport traffic would be reduced if this idea would be used again?
William 1 posted:
She caught the Katy.
Usually signifying heartbreak. And as these situations seem to oftentimes go, insult is added to injury, so it must be followed with:
And left me a mule to ride...
Or the TX SPECIAL!
I had thougbt of that, but was unsure of "which" steam engine type it could be. Blowing off steam might be necessary on any boiler at times. I also had to wonder about the exhasting into stacks to stop airborn hot ashes (logging) and increase stack air flow via vapor cooling effect.
Re "well stacked", the way I heard was that it related to stack height rather than fanciness. Here along the Mississippi River, the river often sits between steep bluffs. Steamboats with tall stacks could catch more breeze / draft and so could be fired more easily. Same reason why chimneys on a house are normally built to be at least a bit higher than the roof peak, better draft.
BTW steamboats generally had a pair of smokestacks side-by-side, one on the port side and one on the starboard. This perhaps explains how the term "she's well stacked" came to be transmuted from steamboats into a reference to shapely young ladies.