Where some things came from: A Little Bit of History




 
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Where some things came from: A Little Bit of History
 
September 29th, 2005  
Padre
 
 

Topic: Where some things came from: A Little Bit of History


Where some things came from: A Little Bit of History
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 odour. 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 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. 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 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."

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 "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 realised
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."
September 29th, 2005  
Italian Guy
 
 
Man this was one of the most hilarious things I ever read Thank you.
September 29th, 2005  
ironhorseredleg
 
 
Padre, these are perfect. They're funny as hell, yet they all make sense. Even "chewing the fat."

Wonderful. Love these.
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Where some things came from: A Little Bit of History
September 29th, 2005  
FutureHMSGrad
 
LOL! That was really funny! Thanks for suggesting it Italian_Guy!
September 30th, 2005  
ghost457
 
 
lol, those are funny. that last one is really weird tho.
September 30th, 2005  
FutureHMSGrad
 
Hey I found one more when I was looking for random facts online!

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
October 5th, 2005  
tomtom22
 
 
Wow! I did not know that.
October 5th, 2005  
FutureDevilDog
 
 
Are these true?
October 6th, 2005  
OORAH
 
 
Good post Father


Deacon Hoohaa
October 6th, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
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 odour. Hence
the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.