I’ve never understood that expression.. “Burning the midnight oil.” What’s midnight oil? Oil that is only used at midnight? Why do we want to just burn it? I don’t know..
I’m pulling an all-nighter. Oh how I missed these… Except I shouldn’t be doing this. Still, getting a lot done, so it’s worth it, but I think I’m going to crash. If you don’t count sleep and a couple small breaks, I’ve been working about 57 hours straight. I didn’t even notice the weekend. Now it’s Tuesday.. This week’s going to fly by. It’s worth it though.
I don’t know why I wrote this. Trying to keep my eyelids open. Back to work.
uh.. apparently it came from :
Oil-burning lamps when cramming for their finals, they didn’t have electricity back in the day.
According to an old episode of http://www.drscience.com/, midnight oil is an excretion of the musk gland of the inspiration weasel.
Now you know!
The phrase “mid-night oyle” from the poem above is probably an allusion to this (much earlier) parable: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025%20:1-13;&version=31;
Such inspiration. What are you working on?
sb: I’ll blog about it when it’s finally done.
Midnight Oil is a good Australian Band 😀 http://www.midnightoil.com/
But really its from the olden days -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Oil
It is obviously a reference to the Australian rock band: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Oil