Why is it Called Red Tape?

Legal and official documents have been bound with red tape since the 17th century and continue to be so.

Red tape is a derisive term for excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. It is usually applied to the government, but can also be applied to other organizations like corporations.

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’ is one of the oldest Christmas carols there is, and one of the most popular.

“God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” (or “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”) is an English traditional Christmas carol, and is also known as “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”. An early version of this carol is found in an anonymous manuscript, dating from the 1650s.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Why Was Eastern State Penitentiary Considered To Be Hell On Earth?

The Eastern State Penitentiary is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and opened its cells in 1829 as the largest building in the U.S. It has been closed since 1971.

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Dead as a Doornail

Shuffled off this mortal coil

I say it all the time, I know what it means, but how did they come up with that phrase? Meaning that it is not alive, unequivocally deceased it can be figuratively or literally defunct – the phone line is deader than a door nail or that possum, you ran over, is as dead as a doornail.

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