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A little bit of history

My mother is always sending me emails.  This one was interesting so I decided to share it with y’all.  :) 

> > IN THE 1500’S
> >
> > 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 1500 s:
> >
> > 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 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 whiskey. 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, thread 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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