On Tuesday, February 19th, Sailing Anarchy
ran the "Brass Monkey" story exactly as it was posted here in Post #2 in their e-anarchy.
This, of course, pushed my buttons, so I sent the editor a short note with citations debunking the story.
I even cited Gord, stating:
"My personal favorite when it comes to citing a source on this is Gord May, Administrator of Cruisers Forum:
" 'The Royal Navy
. . . records that cannon-balls were stored in planks with circular holes cut into them, not stacked in pyramids. These planks were known as 'shot garlands', not monkeys, and they date back to at least 1769, when they were first referred to in print.' "
I should have known that the irreverent guys at Anarchy
were not to be trusted - I just received an email
from the editor that states:
"we knew it was a myth, it was fun to run though!
I'm pretty sure it was the citation to Gord's unquestioned authority that made them see the error of their ways.