Where did the phrase "shake a stick" come from? (As in, "I have more X than you could shake a stick at.")
If you had a lot of something, why would you shake a stick at them anyway? Are you counting them?
Does this come from a time when people warded off the wolves by shaking a stick in their direction? Would that work on wolves? If you had too many to shake a stick at were you overwhelmed by wolves?
I suppose it could have been parents threatening to punish children. (That would have been before our "enlightened" era when shaking a stick at children would probably land you in jail.)
Maybe the stick was a fishing pole and there were more fish in the pond than you could shake your stick at.
Did older people commonly carry a walking stick? Did they motion with their stick for emphasis when they talked about the good old days? They had more stories than you could shake a stick at.
These are just my theories - certainly not authoritative. I have more theories... You can't swing a dead cat without... Theories are like ticks on a hound dog. There is certainly no lack of goofy theories.
Have a good night.