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The real McCoy
« on: 24/06/2003 09:32:12 »
Just wondering if anyone knows where the expression The Real McCoy comes from ?

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #1 on: 24/06/2003 13:41:16 »
The expression comes from an African inventor called Elijah McCoy who invented stuff for regulating oil flow into industrial machinery. People were so impressed with it that inspectors inspecting safety in factories asked them if they used "the real McCoy" Elijah McCoy lived from 1844 to 1929, and lived most of his life in the U.S., Detroit I believe.

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #2 on: 25/06/2003 18:07:28 »
That's interesting, I was wondering where the expression originated too.
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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #3 on: 25/06/2003 21:00:24 »
Thanks for clearing that up Quantum - and there was me thinking it came from a bag of crisps...

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #4 on: 28/08/2003 23:33:20 »
Mr. McCoys first invention was the lubricator for the steam engine in 1872 The term "real McCoy" does stem from this invention.The device regulates the oil into moving parts of industrial machines. The lawn sprinkler and the ironing board were also among his 57 patents.
 

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #5 on: 02/09/2003 14:48:11 »
so did he also invent "Real McCoys" crisps ?
 

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #6 on: 02/09/2003 21:58:31 »
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Originally posted by george

so did he also invent "Real McCoys" crisps ?



Not bothered who invented them, they're well nice! Especially the chilli ones!

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #7 on: 28/01/2004 08:54:30 »
Living here in the states.. I feel I'm missing out on something..  Real McCoys Chili crisps??  I  wonder where I could find them..
As a marketing ploy, they should have tidbits of bio info for Elijah McCoy on every bag..[:)]

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #8 on: 01/02/2004 21:07:45 »
That's cleared that one up but who was Gordon Bennett?
 

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Re: The real McCoy
« Reply #9 on: 30/01/2006 23:13:12 »
James gordon bennet 2nd,is said to have flown a plane through a barn, onlookers said that was gordon bennet and it stuck,
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