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: Origin of Phrases III & IV

01-11-2001, 08:13 AM
Here's Two easy ones.

(1) When a Rock band has one hit song, but nothing else, they are said to be "A Flash in the Pan"

(2) "You don't know $#!+ from Shinolla" where does this come from?

01-11-2001, 08:43 AM
#1 I think this comes from the old photography days when they burned a pan of material (I think magnesium) for the flash. Flash in the pan.

01-11-2001, 08:44 AM
I can't answer either but a comment on #2.
George Carlin used to say that phrase and follow it with "Hmmm... I wonder how the folks in Shinola feel about that?"


01-11-2001, 08:21 PM
1.) The flash was in the pan of a muzzleload rifle flint percussion not cap. Also known as a misfire. A hangfire is the one that scares the crap outta me.

Oh, and the one hit song was callet a bullet.

2.) I am not knowing.

01-12-2001, 09:11 AM
Very interesting answers on (1) from Gregg & SSully; they may be correct, but different from what I've heard. The flash in the pan refers to gold prospecting. Prospectors would pan-out the material from their sluice boxes. A flash in the pan refers to something they saw breifly, but turned out to be nothing. The real gold being the most dense material should go to the very bottom of the pan. I guess we'll have to do more research on this one.

(2) is simple, "Shinolla" was a brand name of a shoe pollish in the 30's & 40's & I guess it had a consistency like poop.

01-12-2001, 10:07 AM
There are a lot of these with Multiple Explanations! See, for examples:

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