Cave Kiss; Cave Bacon; Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling, stalagmites might
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I recently took some guests to the Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown, Texas,
discovered during the construction of I-35.
The cavern tour guide explained "cave kiss"--a drop of water that falls from
the ceiling. If it hits you, it's good luck. "Cave kiss" is not in OED or
"Cave bacon" seems standard.
The old "stalactite=hold tight to ceiling" and "stalagmite=might rise up
from the floor" was implied to have been made up by this tour guide, but in fact
goes back to at least the 1800s! None of us has researched this saying?
_keyetv.com - Central Texas Cavern Is A Cool Getaway_
(http://keyetv.com/summerfun/local_story_238134131.html) Stalactites formed over time by water.
"If you get dripped on, that's called a cave kiss, suppose to bring you good
luck," Gerow said. ...
keyetv.com/summerfun/local_story_238134131.html - 22k
_Cascade Caverns See Texas Downunder Minutes from San Antonio Texas ..._
(http://www.cascadecaverns.com/history.htm) Millions of glistening drops of
water decorate the ceiling, waiting for an unwitting guest to walk
underneath and be surprised by a "cave kiss". ...
www.cascadecaverns.com/history.htm - 9k
_Urban Dictionary: Cave Bacon_
(http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Cave+Bacon) In Geology; Cave bacon ~ thin calcite formation with
alternating brownish and whitish colors resembling strips of bacon found inside of
a cavern. ...
www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Cave+Bacon - 14k
Formations that rise from the cave floor and are often, but not always,
formed by dripping water from stalactites above. _Stalagmite_
(http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=Stalagmite) s are usually larger in diameter than
stalactites, and more rounded on top. As a child, I learned the following _mnemonic_
(http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=mnemonic) to keep the two straight:
stalactites hold tight to the ceiling; stalagmites might eventually make it up
from the floor.
_stalactites. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third ..._
(http://www.bartleby.com/59/20/stalactites.html) - 10:03pm One easy way to
distinguish stalactites from stalagmites is to recall that stalactites “hold tight”
to the ceiling of a cave. Stalagmites “might reach the ...
_Notes and Queries - Page 345_
by William John Thomas, Doran (John), Henry Frederick Turle, Joseph Knight,
Vernon Horace Rendall, Florence Hayllar - 1868
1868 ... and who gave my friend the following etymological distinction
stalactites and stalagmites. ... 'cos if dey was not tight dey'd be berry
_Edwin Booth: recollections by his daughter, Edwina Booth Grossmann and
letters to her and to his ... - Page 47_
by Edwin Booth, Edwina (Booth) Grossman - 1902 - 292 pages
... rocky ceilings called " stalactites," and others rising from the ground
beneath them, ... 'cause dey stuck tight to de roof, and de odder ones ...
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