Maybe you’ve worked a job where you have to be on call. Maybe you’re a doctor and you have to be ready to race into the hospital at a moment’s notice. Maybe you’re a tech person for a big company, and if something goes down, you get frantic calls and demands that you fix it immediately.
There are all kinds of different reasons why you might have to have a phone attached to your hip when you aren’t actually on the clock, or even for an entire weekend. If you get the chance to go out on a boat, however, you’re pretty much safe from those things. That’s probably where we get this name since if the boat isn’t in port, the person in charge isn’t on call.
The Ocean Is Famously Salty
They call it saltwater for a big reason. It turns out that the concentration of salt in seawater (also known as its salinity) is approximately thirty-five parts per thousand. That means about 3.5 percent of the weight of seawater comes from dissolved salt. A cubic mile of seawater would have enough salt to tip the scales at a hundred and twenty million tons. One single cup of seawater contains almost two teaspoons of salt.
Thus, there’s a pretty good reason why seamen were seen to be salty. If you’re living your life riding the spray, you’re going to get some salt on you. It gives the ocean its unique bouquet, leads to the decay of the wooden ships that began to conquer the ocean in centuries past, and gives us names like this one.
When Nostradamus Names a Boat
The ideal boat doesn’t receive much damage, but there are no real ideal boats. This boat got the name “Badly Bent” for some reason, and now we get to see what happens when you tempt fate in such a way. The aerials and other bits that are sticking up off the top of the ship are all kinds of mangled. We don’t know how this happened, but it kind of looks like they tried to go under a low bridge.
We know that isn’t actually a ladder up there, but it certainly looks like it. Hopefully, nobody was up there when the damage happened, because that person is going to be far worse than “badly bent.” Probably going to be something more like “badly broken and in the hospital,” so we hope that’s not the case.
A Little Too Much Foolin’ Around
This isn’t a bad name for a boat – or even a strange one – but the II at the end of the name does raise a couple of questions. What happened to the first edition of “Foolin’ Around”? Did they fool themselves right into some rocks? Did the Coast Guard catch the fooling around, and they realized they needed to make a change?
Maybe it was just the slow ravages of time, and the first Foolin’ Around was a smaller boat that didn’t stand up to the elements as much. The owners needed to upgrade, and they decided to keep the naming scheme going strong. That’s mostly what boats are for when you think about it. You don’t go on a boat to do that much important business.
Seems Like It Would be Sticky
Now, the learn-ed man will look at this name and understand that it's a modified version of the “Kama Sutra,” a rather famous book that goes into a lot of detail about how to best get along physically with your partner in life. However, let’s break it down a little bit. A “Sutra” is a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature, Buddhist scripture, or Jainist scripture. They’re also a set of rules on Hindu law, philosophy, or grammar.
It’s most famous from the “Kama Sutra,” which translated means “Principles of Love.” So the Caramel Sutra would, then, be the principles of Caramel. Or maybe just the principles of sugar or something like that. Whatever it is, it will be sticky. Maybe the boat is owned by someone who owns a candy company.