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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 ! ! !

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

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