Have you seen this one?

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
The1500s:

These are interesting…

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 they 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 entranceway. 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 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 t
ie 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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