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    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the
    water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things
    used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

    These are interesting...

    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath
    in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were
    starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the
    body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a
    bouquet when getting married.

    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the
    house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons
    and men, then the women and finally the
    children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you
    could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying: Don't throw the
    baby out with the Bath water.

    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood
    underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the
    cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it
    rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip
    and fall off the roof. Hence the saying: It's raining cats and

    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This
    posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could
    mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet
    hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how
    canopy beds came into existence.

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
    Hence the saying: Dirt poor.

    The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter
    when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their
    footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you
    opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood
    was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying: a thresh hold.

    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
    always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things
    to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They
    would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the
    pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
    Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.&nb
    sp; Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas
    porridge in the pot, nine days old.

    Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite
    When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
    It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They
    would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and
    chew the fat.

    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid
    content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead
    poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the
    next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom
    of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the
    upper crust.

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
    sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking
    along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
    They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the
    family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they
    would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of
    places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the
    bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these
    coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
    inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they
    would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the
    coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would
    have to sit out in the graveyard all night (th e graveyard shift) to
    listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was
    considered a ...dead ringer.

    And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

    Educate someone. Share these facts with a friend.

  • #2
    Wow now i am learning something.


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