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Not sure if all are correct

 

 

 

 

  

 

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>  Here is  something for history  buffs:

 

 

>  There is  an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which  used to have a

 

>gallows adjacent to it. 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  1500's:

 

>  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  odour. 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, 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 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

 

>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, thread 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''

 

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