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    Re: To prevent us from getting TOO serious
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 Oct 2, 20:45 -0600

    On 2 Oct 2007, at 8:28 PM, Lu Abel wrote:
    > Back in 1849, in the time of the California Gold Rush, the Tates Watch
    > Company of Waltham, Massachusetts decided there was a burgeoning
    > market
    > for compasses to be carried by Easterners headed for California.
    > Since
    > Tates already made the cases for pocket watches, it was a simple
    > task to
    > fill them instead with compasses. The compasses were so bad that
    > people
    > often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California. This, of
    > course, is the origin of the expression, "He who has a Tates, is
    > lost!"
    Thanks Lu for a great diversion - I got a great chuckle from that!
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