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24 April 2006 @ 09:49 pm
Interesting Historical Fact Of The Day  
Well, as I was watching Charge of the Light Brigade on what is quickly becoming my traditional Monday night DVR movie viewing, I thought I'd do a little browsing on wikipedia on the topic of the Crimean War, of which I have but sketchy knowledge (well, at least compared to my knowledge of a great many other wars -- I suppose the average American probably isn't even aware that there was a Crimean War, much less when it occured or who was involved).

Anyway, I discovered something fairly amusing. It appears that the principality of Berwick-upon-Tweed was technically at war with Russia for over a century due to a minor error in the diplomatic settlement ending the war. Or, actually, it probably wasn't, but either way, it's an amusing story.

Incidentally, it wasn't until I saw this movie that I realized where the word "balaclava" came from (and yes, I have two), it being named after the city Balaklava, where the charge of the light brigade occurred. I supposed it joins the bikini as being one of many articles of clothing named after a place for no particularly compelling reason.
In the mood: amusedamused
asakiyumeasakiyume on April 25th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Berwick upon Tweed?! My cousin-at-several removes lived there (he's now deceased) and I visited him there. It's a pretty town. (My cousin was a movie and TV actor. His name was Alexander Knox. He played mainly diplomats and statesmen and spies. I never saw anything he was in, though. )

A bikini is small and its bits and pieces are sort of crescent shaped... like the remains of the Bikini atoll after the nuclear tests.... <--folk etymology to explain why you get bikini from Bikini.
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on April 25th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Actually, I think it was from what people were wearing there, rather than the shape of the islands per se. But apparently we're both wrong.

From wikipedia:

"The modern bikini was invented by engineer Louis Reard in Paris in 1946 (introduced on July 5), and named after Bikini Atoll, the site of nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, on the reasoning that the burst of excitement it would cause would be like the atomic bomb."

Ah, wikipedia, is there anything it can't do?
Douglas Triggs: girdoubt72 on April 25th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Of course, that's an even less compelling reason than I'd thought.
asakiyumeasakiyume on April 25th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
I was going to say... either of our reasons seems better than Wikipedia's. Merriam-Webster has nothing enlighening to add to the discussion, though I did pass the entry for bilby on the way to bikini, which reminded me of that weird-looking Australian creature: