steepholm (steepholm) wrote,
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Palm Readings

This evening I found myself wondering idly whether my mother still has the sailor's palm that used to belong to her father. I've a feeling it was in poor nick last time I saw it - it was kept in a box of odds and ends, and that hadn't done it any favours - but I hope it's not been thrown out.

Come to that, I'm not sure I've ever heard the words "sailor's palm" mentioned outside my mother's house. Is it an object the existence and use of which is known to all? Is it ultra-obscure? Or - as I shrewdly suspect - somewhere in between? There's only one way to found out...

Poll #1879835 Sailors' Palms

Do you know what a sailor's palm is (without looking it up)?

Of course! Doesn't everyone?
5(11.9%)
Sounds vaguely familiar, but I'm not sure...
6(14.3%)
It means nothing to me.
31(73.8%)


What's the most obscure object in your house?
Tags: family history
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