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>>> The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the
>>> temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used
>>> 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, they were
>>> to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body
>>> 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
>>> had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons
>>> 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.
>>> 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
>>> cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it
>>> rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and
>>> off the roof. Hence the saying It's raining cats and dogs .
>>> There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This
>>> a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping
>>> outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the
>>> 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
>>> to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
>>> would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get
>>> overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food
>>> it that had been there for quite a while Hence the rhyme, Peas
>>> hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old .
>>> Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made th em feel quite
>>> When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
>>> was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They
>>> cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and
>>> the fat .
>>> Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid
>>> caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead
>>> death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400
>>> or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous .
>>> Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom
>>> 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
>>> along the road would take them for dead and prep are them for
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these
>>> coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were 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
>>> considered a ..dead ringer .
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