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Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's the origin of the name "Skid Row"?

: skid row

Why: In Ryan O'Connell's "Living and Working in a Very Modern Family" on Thought Catalog, which I've been reading nonstop for the last 2 weeks:
My brother’s success surprised us all. After he barely graduated high school, my parents cut him off in a tough love attempt to foster motivation, and he moved into an apartment in Skid Row with his meager savings and no job prospects. When his money quickly depleted, he decided to start a website that would feature the grossest and most disturbing porn videos. In the first month, he made $2000 by cutting deals with advertisers, and everyone in my family was just like, “What?”
Answer: From the term "skid road"! In the 19th century, loggers in the Pacific Northwest made skid roads of old railroad ties or heavy wooden planks to get felled trees down to the mill. These are tied to the corduroy road:

A type of road made by placing sand-covered logs perpendicular to the direction of the road over a low or swampy area

Anyway, "skid roads" eventually became associated with the areas where loggers hung out, and everyone knows that lumberjacks are burly men's men who only like booze and hookers. Stay away from Skid Road, ladies.

Source: Yahoo! Answers, Wikipedia

The More You Know: Speaking of things that I have been obsessed with in my lifetime, according to my brother, I watched this movie every day when I was a little child. Here's a relevant song!
Recognize those gals? You saw two of them every Tuesday night on "Martin." They're named after popular doo-wop girl groups of the '60s.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Couldn't read this without hearing an old friend said he wanted to have enough money to live in the bad part
of Beverly Hills" Skid Drive

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