Sumerians (or their antecedant civilization) who gave us the 24 hour day, divided into 60 minutes per hour and 60 seconds per minute. ...
Are you guys sure it's the Sumerians? As far as I know it's the Babylonians that "invented" the base 60 time system (however I am not completely sure either).
Not that it matters, as it's about the same region.
Where does the phrase "pulling my chain" originate.
And before you google it it has nothing to do with a chain to flush an old style toilet.
I am looking for a specific reason why pulling someones chain was a cruel trick
Meh - History channel. I can't remember the specifics, but something about miners taking a dump in a mining car turned toilet - but the cars were on tracks and other miners would pull whatever they used to secure the car while they were "dumping their load" as a prank. So they'd say Don't pull my chain because that was commonly used to block the wheels.
Sound right? It was a while ago, so I am hazy on the specifics.
Where I turn, the fire burns...
Where I sleep, the widows weep...
And when I point a finger, the assassin creeps
And triggers pandemonium!