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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


    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 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 ! ! !





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  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.