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Offline enuff81020

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Interesting History Email
« on: July 14, 2003, 04:59:03 AM »
Hi--A good friend sent this to me--and with all of the UK references, it was fun to see the cultural things that we share...Sylvia
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The next time you are washing your hands and complaining 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 20. 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. That 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 into 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 whiskey. 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 coffins and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyardshift") 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. I just did.
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Re: Interesting History Email
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2003, 07:14:36 AM »
That was very interesting. I want to add this joke I made up last summer, I told it here once before but there are lots of new people here now, and tell what what you think of the question I will ask at the end.  Ok picture this..... Orthopedic Surgeon speaking to his chondromalacia patient, "In medical terminology Hypo means deficit and Chondro means cartilage therefore I'm listing your primary problem as Hypochondriac." End of joke. I picture these people going to the Doctor 300 years ago complaining of knee pain and the Doctor says did you injure it? No, well I don't feel any broken bones. Rest it for 2 months. Then the person keeps on complaining the pain never goes away and the Doctor says the pain must be all in your head. Then finally some Doctor realizes these people have frayed and missing cartilage and that must have been causing their pain. Do you think that is why Hypochondriac does translate into deficit cartilage? Theresa
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Re: Interesting History Email
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2003, 07:15:35 AM »
Wow Ive heard alot of those saying but it never occured to me where they would of came from, but now you shared it with us all and we can quit wondering. Now Im gonig to share it with my friends.
Thanks!
Erin
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Re: Interesting History Email
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2003, 07:53:19 AM »
Wow!! That was such an interesting email! My brother is going to be a history major in college starting in the fall-I'm going to show it to him, I'm sure he'll find it as interesting as I did. Thanks for sharing it!

Sharon
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Re: Interesting History Email
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2003, 10:33:22 AM »
I'm glad you enjoyed it--I thought it was interesting too.

It sure makes me glad that I'm here in 2003 and not the 1500's.

The bath system discussed totally grossed me out--I wouldn't have gotten to go first--boo hoo.

Oh well--I just got out of a shower that was all mine with all clean water--and I can appreciate it even more now.

Take care, Sylvia
Both kneesOA.
Scope on rt knee,9/00;2/01
scope w/ LR and debridement rt knee 2/02
left knee same5/02
Patellar problems
LeftTKR12/16/02
Right TKR7/14/03
Complications MUA 8/14/03
R TKR revisio