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.