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  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Interesting ...................
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    > > Interesting History
    > > 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 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 of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
    > >
    > > Baths consisted of big tubs filled with hot water. The man of the house
    > had
    > > the privilege of 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
    > dogs,
    > > 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 where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your
    > clean
    > > bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded
    > some
    > > protection.
    > > **Hence 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 the floor to help keep their
    > footing.
    > > As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until, when you
    opened
    > > the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed
    > in
    > > the entranceway -
    > > **Hence a "thresh hold."
    > >
    > > In those old days they cooked in a 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 didn't 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 the 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, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign
    > of
    > > wealth that the man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a
    > > little to share with guests and would all sit around and talk.
    > > **Hence "chew the fat."
    > >
    > > Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content
    > > caused some of the lead to leach into the food, causing lead poisoning
    and
    > > death. This happened most often with tomatoes.
    > > **Hence 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, family got the middle and guests got the top or
    > > **Hence "upper crust."
    > >
    > > Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
    > sometimes
    > > knock them 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 to see if they would wake up
    > > **Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
    > >
    > > England is old and small and local folks started running out of places
    to
    > > bury people. They would dig up coffins and would take the bone to
    > > the"bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out
    > of
    > > 25 were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they
    > had
    > > been burying people alive. 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
    > > the bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night
    > > (graveyard shift) to listen for the bell, thus someone would be
    > > **Hence "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."
    > >
    > > And that's the truth... whoever said that history was boring!!!!!!

    Rene
     
  2. mudhog

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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
    &gt; sometimes
    &gt; &gt; knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road
    would
    &gt; &gt; take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on
    the
    &gt; &gt; kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around
    and
    &gt; &gt; eat and drink and wait to see if they would wake up
    &gt; &gt; **Hence the custom of holding a "wake."


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    Gonna have to try that /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    That is way too funny...WOW
     

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