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Truth or Fiction?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by BRGII, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. BRGII

    BRGII TS Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    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 an 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...

    And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

    So .. . . get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend like I just did! ! !
  2. mollyone

    mollyone TS Member

    Jan 6, 2009
    Very interesting Iliked it
  3. warren

    warren Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Fernley, Nevada
    I agree very interesting. They also used urine to harden steel, the blacksmith would pee on it to case harden it. My parents took me to visit some uncles in Tennesee near the river in 1948 and most of them had dirt floors an out house and a hand pump in the kitchen. The TVA brought electricity in and they believed that if they didn't have a bulb in the fixture when the "juice" was turned on the electicity would pour out the empty socket.

  4. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    Blue bloods came from the fact that wealthy people used real silver utensils and cups. High silver content in the blood turns your skin kind of blue.
  5. shadow

    shadow Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Anyone other than yours truly ever have to go to school barefoot?
  6. Dahaub

    Dahaub Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Never went to school barefoot but did have a very interesting first day at school.This was the only one roomed school house I attended. My first day of shcool was in 1956 in Gobernordor, New Mexico. We were for the most part "Moran Camp kids" our Dads worked in the oil fields of north west New mexico for Moran Bros Drilling company. I think they were from Midland Texas. Not real sure but somewhere in Tex. Anyway the first day of school there were 72 of us that showed up and we all got registered for our classes and there weren't enough chairs to go around. The teacher had all the little guys sit at the desks and the older kids stood against the walls. One older boy who had a little brother had brought his pet snake to school with him in an aluminum suitcase. When the teacher walked by handing out things the snake rattled and it sounded like a buzz. He asked what was in the suitcase the kid told him and the teacher had him to take it outside. That happened first thing in the morning. The kid put the suitcase in the shade of the school building and then came back to class. The shade went away as the morning progressed and when we went outside for recess the kid say's "Oh man my snake is in the sun" I went over to look over his shoulder when he opened that case. That snake had steam rolling off it when he opened the case. The next day all the young kids 5th grade and down went to school in the afternoon and the older kids had a half day in the morning. There was no high school available for the kids out there. If you wanted to go to high school you had to live in a boarding house and go to school in town at Aztec or Farmington. Today the travel time is about an hour at 70 miles. Back then it was 4 hours and the travel was done on a 300 year old wagon road. We could have gone barefoot as the area was warm in Sept. The elevation in that high desert is somewhere near 8300 feet. Just as the new school house was finished the camp moved and all but a few of us went to town as it was closer to the drilling rigs. My dads rig stayed there and punched a few more holes. They hit natural gas and made those landowners wealthy back then. The Indian kids came out of the hills to go to school with us white kids then but they wouldn't speak to you. Those kids were poor. Some of them lived in hogans and had no electricity. Our government had stuck them on a reservation that was about the poorest dirt in the nation for growing crops. I guess no one figured on the natural gas that was under it. They got plenty of money from the gas royalties. Dan
  7. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    TOP SINGLE DT10, I was born years later than that in Alabama, and I had the same kind of house (except for the dirt floor. We had wood floors.)
  8. Piper Mac

    Piper Mac Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    The History of the Middle Finger.

    Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, antici-
    pating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the
    middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the
    middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned
    English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of
    fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was
    made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing
    the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

    Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a
    major upset and began mocking the French by waving their
    middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can
    still pluck yew! Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to
    say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has
    gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus
    the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-

    It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows
    used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as
    'giving the bird.'

    Not sure if true, but interesting neverless.............
  9. gotbass

    gotbass Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    In 1953 I went to a 2 room school house outside Livingston Montana, one other kid in my class, hand pump water, outhouse, just enough kids to play work up softball, skated on the creek in the winter, boy I wish I could go back. We used to get salt off the railroad tracks across the road. Lived on a ranch. No tv.
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