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  • Darren Vermillion
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    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2010

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      Subject: FW: Really Interesting History Lesson

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      Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:56:08 -0700
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      Subject: Fw: Fwd: Really Interesting History Lesson

      This is something you history buffs might enjoy.

      Really Interesting History Lesson

      Interesting facts!

      There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows
      adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course)
      to be hung. The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an
      armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if
      he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''.
      If he said "YES" it was referred to as "ONE FOR THE ROAD"
      If he declined, that prisoner was "ON THE WAGON"

      So there you go..

      They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a
      pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do
      this to survive you were "Piss Poor". But worse than that were the really
      poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot they "Didn't have a pot to
      piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

      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 1500s:

      Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
      and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were
      starting to smell the 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 and 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."

      Since 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

      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: 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

      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
      talking 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

      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 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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