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Not a lot of people know this.
As people moved to the towns and city's during the 19th and early 20th century, the number of horses grew , and they needed feeding. So traders brought in bales of hay & straw, these were acquired by buying Hay stacks in the country. To see that the straw or hay was the same throughout the stack they would insert a needle, made up of a number of parts that screwed together. You would twist it so attaching an example of hay from the middle and draw it out for inspection. Now if you twisted it the wrong way you would "LOSE YOUR NEEDLE IN A HAY STACK"


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