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Pick your brains

Posted by Lotg on November 08, 2003

A couple of days ago I told a client that I wanted to pick his brains. He proceeded to ask me how I planned to do that. Seemed an odd question, but he went on to tell me how the term evolved. It was rather gruesome. He said that it comes from when Egyptians mummified bodies, as well as pulling out all the other internal organs, they would pull (or pick) their brains out (and I'm not describing how, because you might be eating).

Was this guy having a lend of me or was he fair dinkum?