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Fun Fact December 8, 2020.

8 December 2020

A tool time fun fact today.  I do a bit of woodworking in my spare time.  I try to use reclaimed lumber, you know like barn wood or pallets.  Recently I was working on reclaiming some wood from my collection of pallets and I was using, among other tools, a crowbar.  Since you have to think about something I thought “why is this thing called a crowbar?”  As it turns out, the crowbar has a long history, all the way back to the early 1400’s.  Even Shakespeare mentions a crowbar in Romeo And Juliet.  The name, most agree, comes from the resemblance of the bar to a crows feet or beak.  You may also hear this tool referred to as a wrecking bar, pry bar, pinch-bar, or occasionally a prise bar. In Britain and Australia the tool is sometimes called a jemmy, gooseneck, or pig foot.  No matter what you call it, the tool is handy when you need to pull a stubborn nail, need to separate objects or defend yourself in a video game.

Fun Fact December 8, 2020.