A person who is batshit crazy is certifiably nuts. The phrase has origins in the old fashioned term "bats in the belfry." Old churches had a structure at the top called a belfry, which housed the bells. Bats are extremely sensitive to sound and would never inhabit a belfry of an active church where the bell was rung frequently. Occasionally, when a church was abandoned and many years passed without the bell being rung, bats would eventually come and inhabit the belfry. So, when somebody said that an individual had "bats in the belfry" it meant that there was "nothing going on upstairs" (as in that person's brain). To be BATSHIT CRAZY is to take this even a step further. A person who is batshit crazy is so nuts that not only is their belfry full of bats, but so many bats have been there for so long that the belfry is coated in batshit. Hence, the craziest of crazy people are BATSHIT CRAZY.
Dude that guy on the corner wears a tinfoil hat and ripped all the wires out of his house so the government couldn't listen to his thoughts.
Yeah, he's batshit crazy.
Popular in the Pacific Northwest, Rainier Beer is a brand of beer that features an iconic script "R" prominently on the can.
Although Rainier is now owned by Pabst brewing and is bottled in California, lots of people in the Pacific Northwest still prefer Rainier as the 'local cheap beer,' as it is most certainly a cheap "macrobrew" not a "microbrew."
"We drink lots of Vitamin R when we go fishing up near Seattle."
"Why do you like Rainier Beer so much?"
"Because I grew up stealing cans of Vitamin R out of my dad's fridge. It's always been my favorite cheap brew."
Originally a nautical term, Bristol Fashion means "conforming to the highest standards of seamanship." A boat that is maintained in absolutely perfect condition can be described as "shipshape & Bristol Fashion."
The term is frequently applied outside the boating world, however. A cooler stocked with ice cold beers, an old truck that's been tuned to run just right, a steak cooked perfectly, or an immaculate lawn could all be described as being in Bristol Fashion.
"Have you seen Old Man Nelson's lawn? That guy keeps his yard in Bristol Fashion."
September 11, 2009
The Medicine Line is the US/Canadian Border. Specifically, the part of the border that runs along the 49th Parallel from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean. In the frontier days when battles between US troops and Native Americans were common, the tribes would often flee North into British/Canadian territory to rest and recuperate after a fight. Because the land North of the 49th Parallel was not American territory, US soldiers were forced to stop at that point, and allow the tribes to get away. For it's apparently magical ability to stop advancing American troops, Native Americans gave the 49th Parallel the name "Medicine Line," a term that shows how tribes at that time believed medicine and magic to be closely connected.
The term is still used extensively in Western North America, especially by people who cross the border frequently.
"Are you driving from Seattle to Vancouver today?"
"Yep, I'm crossing the Medicine Line."
Breaking into one's own home.
Dude, I locked my keys inside the house and couldn't get inside! I ended up pulling a Professor Gates.