Mary’s Rose


Well, here we go, off to the Middle Ages again. Here, we have a daisy. We found it snuggled down, in among the snowdrops. At one time it was known as Mary’s Rose, says Wikipedia without explanation. If it can’t explain why, then how does it know? Is there a Medieval copy of Wikipedia in a museum somewhere where these details can be found? It also mentions that Chaucer referred to it as ‘eye of the day’. Again, how do they know that he was talking about the daisy? There are people who think that daisy is a corruption of day’s eye, due to the daisy’s habit of only opening in daylight – but so do many other plants, dandelions for instance. I’m not convinced.

Woundwort was another name, this time the explanation is that the juice extracted from crushing the plant, was used by the Romans to soak bandages in, to bind bruises and sword cuts. I can believe the Romans would need something along those lines – and daisies are fairly abundant.

Then, there was the famous bicycle built for multiple occupancy. Composed in 1892, when he arrived in America from England, by Harry Dacre. He had complained to a friend, William Jerome, that he had had to pay import duty on his bicycle. Jerome jokingly replied “You were lucky it wasn’t a bicycle built for two, you’d have had to pay double!”

The phrase stuck with Dacre and in the end he made a profit on the deal.

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