Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Dear Stupid Ass Questions: Why do people say Hold On, when they are talking on the phone? Hold on to what?
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Sean: This term dates back to the early prohibition era. A lot of times while a local grocer or merchant was being beaten down for failing to pay a street tax Al Capone being not only a workaholic but also a perfectionist would often remark "Hold on, he still has some teeth left." prompting his henchmen to step up their game and finish the tax evaders dental plan off by bashing him repeatedly in the face with a ten pound rotary dial phone. Rumors of this practice soon started to circulate and were soon embraced by the general public. Ike Turner was a long time advocate of this saying.