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Bet you didn't know
Here's some history fun for you. 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 1500s:
Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath
May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, as time passed they
were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide
the body odor.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house
had the privilege of the nice clean water; followed by his sons, and
other men living under the same roof. Then came the women and finally
the children. Last of all were 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 dogs, cats
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
came the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs." ?
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house either.
posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could
really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and
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
dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when
so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened
door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed
entrance way creating a "thresh hold."
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
hung over the fire. Every day they lighted the fire and added things
the pot. They ate mostly vegetables without much meat. They would eat
stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight,
over the next day. Often times the kettle contained the same stew for
a while, hence the rhyme, "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold,
porridge in the pot nine days old."
Families that could obtain pork considered themselves quite special.
visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was
outward sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon."
indication was to cut off a sliver of bacon to share with guests and
around to "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Unknowingly at the time,
with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,
causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes,
so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Most people did not have pewter plates, but had trenchers, a piece of
with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Often trenchers were made from
stale bread, which was so old and hard that they could be reused for
time. Trenchers were never washed, and worms and mold got into the wood
and old bread. After eating off wormy, moldy trenchers, one would get
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom
the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would
sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along
roadside would often take them for dead, and prepare them for burial.
The "deceased" were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple
and families would gather around, and eat, drink and wait to see if
would wake up, thus began the custom of holding a "wake."
England is old and small, and the locals started running out of places
bury people. They would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a
"bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening coffins,
1 out of 25
coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside. Realizing they
had been burying people alive came the thought of looping a string around
wrist of the corpse, through a hole in the coffin, and up through the
ground attached to a bell. Someone had to sit in the graveyard all night
the "Graveyard Shift" -- to listen for the bell; thus, someone
could be "saved
by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts.
old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at
to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's
where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's.
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle
baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed
refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your >
whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice.
In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had
consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When
anyone wanted to have a baby, they got the consent of the King and the
King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were
having sex. The placard had F. U. C. K. on it (Fornication Under
Consent of the King). Now you know where that came from.
Don't delete this because it looks weird... Believe
it or not you can read it ...
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waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig
to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht
oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the
frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the
huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef!, but the wrod as a
wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia :)-
Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thought slpeling
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