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  • Dave & Megan
    See http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.htm for a concise debunking ... From: authoressmeow@aol.com To: bardicrealm@yahoogroups.com ;
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2003
      See http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.htm for a concise debunking
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      From: authoressmeow@...
      To: bardicrealm@yahoogroups.com ; scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 8:40 AM
      Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Fwd: A Little History

      Hehehe, I found this a great read and thusly pass it on to all of you.

      Rebekah Murray

      > >Now you know the rest of the story...
      > >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 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. This posed
      > 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 crust."
      > >* * * * * *
      > >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.

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