Found 18th Oct 2008
InThe 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 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 theother 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, 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 History was boring ! ! !

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Interesting post Skusey

i did learn something today!

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Karim786;3232049

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JACKIT99;3232070

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bellabonkers;3232079

Interesting post Skusey



Sheep87;3232089

i did learn something today!



sorry, bit too highbrow for here:whistling:

skusey;3232130

sorry, bit too highbrow for here:whistling:




shavedbrow yeah, lets face it, most of your jokes are hardly humorous . . .

i thought it was a really good post - nice one.........

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ashley2411;3232158

i thought it was a really good post - nice one.........



Karim786;3232152

shavedbrow yeah, lets face it, most of your jokes are hardly humorous . . … shavedbrow yeah, lets face it, most of your jokes are hardly humorous . . .



:p:w00t:

skusey;3232130

sorry, bit too highbrow for here:whistling:



what was wrong with saying it was an interesting post?
It wasn't said in a sarcastic manner, I feel hurt now. I acctually meant that I had found it interesting.

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bellabonkers;3232171

what was wrong with saying it was an interesting post?It wasn't said in a … what was wrong with saying it was an interesting post?It wasn't said in a sarcastic manner, I feel hurt now. I acctually meant that I had found it interesting.



not you, I meant it to read that some people liked it, sorry:thumbsup:

In days of old,
when knights were bold,
and women weren't invented,
men drilled holes,
in telegraph poles,
and walked away contented!

skusey;3232202

not you, I meant it to read that some people liked it, sorry:thumbsup:



ah, ok - all is forgiven then. I guess I missread your post

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bellabonkers;3232231

ah, ok - all is forgiven then. I guess I missread your post



gave you rep as i upset you:oops:

skusey;3232272

gave you rep as i upset you:oops:



I noticed you didn't upset me I just thought what I had said was taken the wrong way - then I went and did the very same lol whoops:oops:

that was really interesting

skusey - you missed the final para out of your cut and paste job.

Here it is:

And now, after putting this page together, I find that some of the information included is kinda spurious ... proving you can fool most of the people some of the time, some of the people most of the time, and Buddy ... well, you can probably fool him all of the time (paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln ... I never knew him personally).

From the Hoax:The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other … From the Hoax: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."The Facts:Most peasant cottages did indeed have dirt floors. Some peasants lived in homes that sheltered animals as well as themselves.1 When livestock was enclosed in a peasant home, it was usually partitioned off in a separate room, sometimes at right angles to the family's living space. Yet animals could still occasionally find their way into the house proper. For this reason, an earthen floor was a practical choice.However, there is no evidence that the term "dirt poor" was used in any context before the 20th century. One theory suggests that its origins lie in the Dust Bowl of 1930s Oklahoma, where drought and poverty combined to create some of the most horrific living conditions in American history; but direct evidence is lacking.In castles, the ground floor might be beaten earth, stone or plaster, but upper stories almost invariably had wooden floors,2 and the same pattern likely held true in town dwellings. Straw was not needed to keep people from slipping on wet slate, but it was used as a floor covering on all surfaces to provide a modicum of warmth and cushioning. Reeds or rushes were sometimes supplemented with aromatic herbs like lavender, and the entire floor would usually be swept clean and strewn with fresh straw and herbs on a regular basis. Old straw was not simply left down when fresh straw was added.If such were indeed the case, it might be logical to think of the little raised strip in a doorway as an item intended to "hold" in "thresh," except for one significant detail.There's no such thing as "thresh."The word "thresh" is a verb which, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means "to separate seed" or "to strike repeatedly." It is not, and never has been, a noun used to designate floor rushes. The word "threshold," like "thresh," is Old English in origin and dates to before the twelfth century. Both OE words appear to relate to the movement of one's feet; thresh (OE threscan) meaning to stamp or trample3 and threshold (OE therscwold) being a place to step.4



The bouquet quote is very wrong too - as is the annual bathing.

I can't be bothered with the rest but they are NOT facts. They are made up.

Entertaining tho.:)
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