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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 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 entranceway. Hence the saying 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, s omeone could either 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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post #2 of 12
I had seen those before..........but thanks for sharing!!
post #3 of 12
That was so interesting, and a few of them i've heard of as well!
post #4 of 12
wow, there was a couple of new ones in there for me

how about the term mad hatter? cause of the use of mecrcury on hats.doing the 19 centuries the mercury could cause emotional issues, and other problems. for the people making the hats
post #5 of 12
I love to hear those historical facts - just show what impact they still have on us today - thanks !

my fav

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.

wonder why some of us dont like crusts - me I love crusts !!!
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OK, I'm a little bit because I was just informed that the OP is in fact more myth than actual fact. You can find info on it here on Snopes. Whoopsie, my bad.

Oh well - I still thought it sounded good!
post #7 of 12
maybe so, but some of those are true,
post #8 of 12
Well, I'm still glad I'm alive now anyway.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
OK, I'm a little bit because I was just informed that the OP is in fact more myth than actual fact. You can find info on it here on Snopes. Whoopsie, my bad.

Oh well - I still thought it sounded good!
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maybe so, but some of those are true,
ditto some are true..........so who spoiled it for you
post #10 of 12
Wasn't there something too about the master bed? Like Master beds were reserved for guests while the husband and wife slept on the second beds?

It's from a Shakespeare poem, something about "To my wife I give her the second bed..."
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
ditto some are true..........so who spoiled it for you
Some jerk on another forum that I moderate on. Oh well...
post #12 of 12
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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.
When I first got this in an email, this was the one that made me pause and doubt the information. In some of my readings that described bath night, the babies were first, then the kids, then the women, with the men last because they were the ones who had to empty the tub.
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