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    Re: To prevent us from getting TOO serious
    From: Parsa
    Date: 2007 Oct 04, 08:49 -0700

    Of course after they got a Tates, they had to get a round tuit.
    On Oct 2, 7:28 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!"
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