Sunday, July 13th — Balls to the Wall

July 13, 2008

Today I Learned…

…the origin of one of my favorite phrases, “balls to the wall.”  Apparently, it originated as WWII fighter pilot slang, referring to the fact that the throttle levers were topped by small balls.  To go “balls to the wall,” then, involved pushing the throttle all the way up against the instrument panel, and accelerating up to top speed.

Further Reading… (including a picture of General George Patton taking a leak into the Rhine river)


One Response to “Sunday, July 13th — Balls to the Wall”

  1. Raf Says:

    You probably saw this, but also on that site: German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

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