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Suzanne
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Not Fiction Reply with quote

My Dad sent me this in an e-mail. Probably the best e-mail I've gotten from him. Most of his mail is some weird spam trick that he entirely believes and I have to sort it out for him.

Interesting History

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 . ..... . 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 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: 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 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.




Suz

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English Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Not Fiction Reply with quote

The latter isn't quite true:

Many nations only bury their dead for a limited time, then exhume the bones & store them in an ossuary.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ossuary
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slimjim
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Location: Fort Worth TX

PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Not Fiction Reply with quote

very interesting!

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Dimitri
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Not Fiction Reply with quote

English Mike wrote:
Many nations only bury their dead for a limited time, then exhume the bones & store them in an ossuary.

Yup Greeks do it for 4 years, rarely at 6 years depends on how they died, age etc.

Every year we have a memorial service done for the dead till the 4 year mark when the service is done as the bones are placed in their final resting place (a box sometimes containing more the one family member).

Dimitri

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