History Lesson:

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by catfishjohn, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY
    This is so cool,I had to share it with you all...

    The next time you're 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 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.
    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
    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, which
    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
    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 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, 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 and 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

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. 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.
    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 that History was boring ! ! ! ! Educate
    Someone...Share these facts with a friend...
  2. Flintman

    Flintman New Member

    OKC, OKLA.
    Very Interesting, Thanks John.

  3. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    If my printer was working I'd print that off that is:cool2:
  4. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY

    Thanks!!! I thought it was pretty interesting also. I was gonna call DH and ask him if all that was true seeing he was probably born in that time period...:tounge_out: :eek:oooh: :confused2: :big_smile: LOL!!!
  5. Hope

    Hope New Member

    Wow, that sure gives ya a whole new perspective on the good ole days :cool2:

    Never heard the history of the custom of havin a "wake"... that is pretty wild! Thanks, John :lol:
  6. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

    Interesting reading John. Thanks for sharing!
  7. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

    Thanks John, I realy enjoyed that.
  8. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

    Enjoyable history-makes ya wonder sometimes why we bitch about some of the things we do. If the world is intact in another 400 years I wonder what they will think of the BOC archives. At least our pictures will be interesting.
  9. jbarnes17

    jbarnes17 New Member

    Commerce, Oklahoma
    thanks for sharing john. enjoyed it.
  10. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Thanks John, that was some interesting history!!