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> > > >History 101

> > > >

> > > >Next time you wash your hands and complain that the water

> > > >temperature isn't just the way you like it, think about the

> > > >way things used to be...real, honest to goodness 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.

> > > >

> > > >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.

> > > >This 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 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 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. This would make 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 a 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.

> > > >

> > > >Most people did not have pewter plates, but did have trenchers.

> > > >They are a piece of wood, with the middle scooped out, to form

> > > >a bowl. However, trenchers were often made from stale bread,

> > > >which was so old and so hard, they could be used for quite

> > > >some time. These trenchers were never washed and a lot of times

> > > >worms and mold got into the wood and old bread. And after

> > > >eating off these wormy, moldy, trenchers, people would get

> > > >"trench mouth."

> > > >

> > > >Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt

> > > >bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got

> > > >the top, which was called the "upper crust."

> > > >

> > > >Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. 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. Then someone

> > > >would sit in the graveyard, all night long (on the graveyard

> > > >shift") and listen for the bell. Thus, the expression, he or

> > > >she was "saved by the bell" or considered a "dead ringer."

> > > >

> > > >And that's the truth...whoever said, "History was boring?"

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