Project 313 – Post No. 116

I’m sweating bullets . . . say, where did that saying come from? I mean, that would be neat. Also, it would save a bunch on ammunition costs. Also, could you control the caliber? Also, would the larger caliber hurt more? Also, would it be a matter of constant mass? Meaning, would you sweat lots of .22s and not as many .45s?

Inquiring minds want to know how these things work . . . but, the reason I’m sweating at all is that this is the closest I’ve cut one of these posts. This will go live just a couple of hours from now. That means the quality control measures will have to be streamlined and corners will be cut. 

If I do it right, no one will know the difference . . . except, maybe, the few who actually bother reading these. 

But seriously . . . I can’t find a credible source for the phrase. Most agree that it’s a little over 100 years old. That would put it originating around the time of WW I. 

I could maybe posit “sweating” was the polite substitution for “shitting” although I can’t say the phrase “shitting bullets” makes much more sense. 

Now I’m even more stressed because I just detoured into the deep well of the Internet in an attempt to find the origin of the phrase. No luck. Perhaps one of my readers knows.

And now, the photo:

Project 313 116

Lava — when properly treated — seems to make a quite the interesting abstract. 

I need to rush a bit so I’ll give you Adam as a Casting Director. 

. . . I know that’s a joke because I’m pretty sure god didn’t create chairs or clipboards. In fact, I know because it’s not in the Bible.

I’m thinking god’s not as powerful as he boasted . . . sort of like Trump. Come to think of it, while Trump tweets, god used trumpets to aggrandize its proclamations. At least, that’s how it’s depicted in movies. The similarities are uncanny . . . although I give Trump the edge on the ego thing. God still leads in the insecurity thing, though.   

If god was really powerful, it might do something about all them fires burning across the globe . . . then again, it always wanted some animal or other sacrificed and roasted as a tribute. Perhaps god’s more DIY these days and no needing humans to sacrifice this or that living thing. 

Whatever the reason, here’s a . . . Rainbow Seed Ball Viewed Through Heavy Smoke From Western Fires.

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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10 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 116

  1. Yvonne says:

    Oh, you do lead us down some dark, winding alleys. So, it says “The phrase at least one hundred years old, but its exact origins are unclear according to The Word Detective. It may come from the idea of sweating blood, but again we don’t know for certain.” Now, I have to find out where sweating blood came from, and I could be sat here all day, chasing clues. Thanks a lot!


  2. You could probably shoot yourself down with those bullets too HA!


    • disperser says:

      . . . and you’d never believe it . . .

      Liked by 1 person

      • disperser says:

        I recently read a phrase and immediately thought of you . . . and of religious people the world over.

        The phrase is “curse of original belief”. The way it was used closely parallels the concept of cognitive bias. In your case, it’s the propensity to deny evidence so as to hold onto ideas based on “things you’ve figured out” through your own reasoning. The thought of admitting error is so damaging to one’s fragile self-image that one will adhere to their own distorted view of reality against all evidence to the contrary.

        What’s of interest to me — but not surprising — is the fact you can recognize such propensity in others (for example, religious people, conspiracy theorists, non-socialists, people not you) but can’t imagine it might apply to yourself.

        But, thank you for providing a topic for one of my Project 313 posts.


  3. Interesting saying, for sure! I like researching old sayings to find their origins and meanings!

    PHOTO: Beautiful abstract and it’s colors and flow are akin to your doodle!
    CARTOON: Oh, gosh! I can’t believe Eve would put up with that! ;-) :-D
    DOODLE: I really like this one! the colors and flow is so soothing!



    • disperser says:

      Some sayings go back a surprisingly long time. Some origins are lost and can only be speculated about.

      Thanks; I like that treatment of the lava.

      Some Eves do. Others don’t. Then again, it’s not all one way . . .

      I have a few more variations of that same doodle that I’ll get to.

      Thanks, Carolyn.

      Liked by 1 person

      • My parents used a lot of old-time sayings that I had to ask the meanings. When I was a little girl, they always asked me, “Were you born in a barn?” ’cause I liked leaving the back door open.
        And I was always, like, “Well, if you two don’t know where I was born…”

        Oh, yeah…women can be as critic-y as men and sometimes worse!


        • disperser says:

          Good answer. Also . . .

          “Yeah, just like Jesus. You gonna crucify me as well?”
          “Well, I do like rolling in the hay . . . ”
          “Neigh!” (stomping one foot like a horse)

          What? Women? Critical of others?! Noo! Say it ain’t so.


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