HOW THINGS USED TO BE. . Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn' tjust how you like it, think about how things used kill kyle
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Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn' tjust how you like it,
think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the :
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.
Baths consisted of a trig tub telled 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 tonally 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
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, rats, and 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 really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with trig posts and a sheet
hung over the top afforded some protection. That' s how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Unly the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had
slate that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (the straw left over after threshing
grain] on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more and more thresh until
when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. To prevent this, a piece of wood was placed in the
entrance way " hence a "thresh hold."
They cooked in the kitchen with a trig kettle that always hung over the tire. Every day they lit the tire and added
things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew tor 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 awhile, "" 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 tat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach on to
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.
Most people did not have pewter plates, but had trenchers piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl].
often trenchers were made from stale bread that was so old and hard that they could use them for quite some time.
Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms and mold got into the wood and old bread. After eating off
wormy, moldy trenchers, one would get "trench mouth."
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests
got the top, "the 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 they started out running out of places to bury people. so they would dig up CDT' and
would take the bones to a "powerhouse" and reuse the grave. When reopening these tast' rans, one out of 25 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 comb 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.
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User avatar #45 - AntiDisneyMovement (12/08/2009) [-]
Back in the 1570's, there was this group of obnoxious, stubborn girls who wouldn't listen to reason. We know them today as Twilight fans
User avatar #49 - Shiny (12/08/2009) [-]
Then again, back then if Twilight fangirls got annoying, we got to burn them alive.
User avatar #40 - NaR (12/08/2009) [+] (2 replies)
This is not funny, but I found it quite interesting and amusing. Thumbs up.
User avatar #73 - TheDeadPool (12/08/2009) [-]
all i got out of this was "bacon"
User avatar #1 - yourociroll (12/07/2009) [+] (2 replies)
i actually love history :D
User avatar #112 - cougarmelon (12/08/2009) [-]
lol am i the only one that has never heard the saying "don't throw the baby out with the bathwater"?
#48 - Ignoramus (12/08/2009) [+] (1 reply)
Holy **** ! ONE IN 25!?
#28 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [+] (12 replies)
Trench mouth: was a disease in World War 1. The men used dig trenches and fight against each other from the trenches, not leaving for months. They ate horrible and diseased food thus leaving their mouth bleeding and with no teeth.This is trench mouth
User avatar #31 to #30 - The Troll Killer (12/08/2009) [-]
I don't think people have teeth in thier feet.....Nice try though.....
User avatar #10 - krazyriti (12/08/2009) [-]
buried people ALIVE????? DAMN!!! am i glad i live today....
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User avatar #128 - BrianStorm (12/08/2009) [-]
That was good. Wait a second. You were teaching me something. AHHHHHH
#15 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [+] (3 replies)
allthough there are a lot of facts here...the sayings?...they are complete BS..nice try though
User avatar #20 to #15 - BurntBiscuits (12/08/2009) [-]
No they aren't. I've heard every one of these sayings and I'm pretty sure these are the original backgrounds of those phrases. If you've never heard of 'em before then you obviously don't get out much. Or know much, for that matter.
#8 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [+] (3 replies)
saved by the bell comes from boxing
User avatar #11 to #8 - Emilyd (12/08/2009) [-]
no it doesnt... how is it that the phrase "saved by the bell" existed before boxing became a sport then?
#93 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
holy sht i just got learned....also the bells also what made people thing they were undead or vampires when the wind would ring the bells
#87 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
I believed all of this until "trench mouth" ...trench mouth is actually ANUG, acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis... caused by lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and stress. soldiers get this a lot because, well, see last sentence. so...these soldiers in the trenches with no sleep and in constant fear of being shot would get anug...their gums start rotting. and i know this to be true because i'm a dental hygienist so...yeah just more boring trivia for you! :D
#63 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [+] (1 reply)
So, 'dead ringer' is literally the same as 'exact duplicate'. It first came into use soon after the word ringer itself, in the US at the end of the 19th century. The earliest reference I can find that confirms the 'exact duplicate' meaning is from the Oshkosh Weekly Times, June 1888, in a court report of a man charged with being 'very drunk':

"Dat ar is a markable semlance be shoo", said Hart looking critically at the picture. "Dat's a dead ringer fo me. I nebber done see such a semblence. From Google.
#39 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
I still think history is boring. kinda got bored after the first paragraph
#35 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
Hence, i have nothing to say
#12 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
Try not to confuse a 'recent' usage of a word or phrase with it's older beginnings. Bathing, bed canopies, threshold, etc are spot on. That
bit about lead in everything isn't quite true. Crude crockery for the peasants was the norm. Pewter, however, did cause many poisonings & death. Re-use of a grave? No, just bury them 1 or 2 high. Stacked, as you might say. Many were dis-interred, but for other reasons. Yes, a % did show scratch marks. Got them into the ground quickly when plague was rampant. Coma often confused with death.
Not too fussy when no Doctor required for death certificate. Etc.,etc.
#9 - Ken M (12/08/2009) [-]
to continue the one about the poisonous tomatoes: that is also why people started throwing tomatoes at someone if they had a bad performance, because they were thought to be poisonous.
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