California Here I Come

onceupunatimeyellowBack in the 1800s the Tates Watch Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products and, since they already made the cases for pocket watches, decided to market compasses for the pioneers traveling west.

It turned out that although their watches were of finest quality, their compasses were so dreadfully bad and horrendously useless that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California.

This, of course, is the origin of the old proverb . . .

“He who has a Tates is lost!”

2 responses to “California Here I Come

  1. Excusez moi, Monsieur AerChie

    Damnatus und Blastiones

    Carthago est Delenda [Why aren’t the Americans & Botswanans aopting the Q/E Policies of Herr Braun, Saviour of the West’s Economies]

    This is a SERIOUS, EDUCATIONAL Blogge, seriously popular amongst Ladies Children and other Animals in need of enLightenment and Entertainment

    Is this the Anti-Soviet inFluence of the Horrifically Phunny Phil (vastly worth-visiting) in influencing Australia’s Leading Bloggerista into an outRAGEously clever & amusing Pun

    Where will this end …. next there will be US Spelling thru & thru this Excellent Space


    Das ist es, Doch [this is it, i’n’it]


  2. hWoops :

    … Botswanans aDopting the Q/E Policies of Our Dear Leader …..

    Q/E = Quantitive Easing [in Australian = Flooding Britain with Government=Forged Electronic Money]


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