Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Interesting History

Discussion in 'Sound Off' started by goggleye57, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. 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


    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 dogs.

    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 entrance way. 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.

    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 special. 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 was 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 (the

    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. ccavacini

    ccavacini Super Mod Mod

    hmmmmm, the good old days....just like a teacher to post them;)

    I'm going home after school and take a nice, hot shower.