For whatever reason, it seems that from time to time, I come across dated phrases in an unusually high occurence. I don't know if they are featured in a book of the month, comic strip, or movie and as a result, the general population picks it up and recirculates it or what. But it does happen.
Recently, I keep hearing people describing someone or something as being "long in the tooth." It means old. real old. Like having a social security number 1 old.
I though it maybe it was a poke at Gary Busey.
For the first time in my life, I was wrong.
A short google search reveals its orgins being related to describing the effect of a horse's receding gumline on the appearance of its teeth. As the gums recede, the length of teeth appears to grow longer.
If you thought that was useless, get a load of this:
In the 60's, some yahoo thought it would be a good idea to strap a couple of jet engines on a train in order to help railroads keep up with the "jet" age.
This frankenstien contraption reached a top speed of 183.85 MPH between Indiana and Ohio, allowing passengers to leave someplace nobody wants to be to go to someplace nobody wants to go in record time.
Only in the sixties.