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A Brief History of the Wine Corkscrew

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The corkscrew was borne out of necessity and as soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late seventeenth-century England, inventors began dreaming up instruments to ease the removal of corks.

"Blowing Smoke Up Your Arse" Used to be Literal

When someone is "blowing smoke up your arse" today, it is a figure of speech that means that one person is complimenting another, insincerely most of the time, in order to inflate the ego of the individual being flattered. Back in the late 1700s, however, doctors literally blew smoke up people's rectums.