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A little history lesson from the year 1500,

The 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. Some of them are even true:
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 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, that
posed a
real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really 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 existance.

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 the saying a "thresh hold."


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 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 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 and 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 "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 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 were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they thought 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 that History was boring!
 

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That stuff about the baths was true even until the 1940's. My dad has told me about Sunday night baths where his dad went first, then his mother, then him and finally his brother. Everytime someone new jumped in they added a pot of hot water. Now one person taking a five minute shower uses about a year's worth of what they used.
 

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SlimDiesel said:
That stuff about the baths was true even until the 1940's. My dad has told me about Sunday night baths where his dad went first, then his mother, then him and finally his brother. Everytime someone new jumped in they added a pot of hot water. Now one person taking a five minute shower uses about a year's worth of what they used.
We did that on Saturday nites when I was quite small. Being the youngest in the family, I got the last bath. I think part of the reason was that they didn't want to fill up the septic tank.
 

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I took a bath in big tub on the front porch when I was little, one time there was an incident involving a bee. Ouch is all I'll say.
 
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