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    Life in the 1500's

    Yesterday Stonefly stated he majored in History.

    Here is some history.

    LIFE IN THE 1500's

    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 the1500s:

    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 slip pery 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.

    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 ba con. 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 ! ! !



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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    As usual, the daily pearls of wisdom, courtesy of the always thinking AK. Thank you for my daily lesson,and laugh!

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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Quite interesting, but I always thought tomatos were once considered poisonous since the flower of the tomato is similiar to the flower of nightshade which was used to make a potent poison.


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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Quote Originally Posted by MR.MCR View Post
    Quite interesting, but I always thought tomatos were once considered poisonous since the flower of the tomato is similiar to the flower of nightshade which was used to make a potent poison.
    That is what I also believed.

    That is why this thread is posted under "jokes" I haven't verified all statements. Maybe someone will check out in snoops.


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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Tomatoes were not grown in England until the 1590s, according to Smith. One of the earliest cultivators was John Gerard, a barber-surgeon. Gerard's Herbal, published in 1597 and largely plagiarized from continental sources, is also one of the earliest discussions of the tomato in England. Gerard knew that the tomato was eaten in Spain and Italy. Nonetheless, he believed that it was poisonous[citation needed] (tomato leaves and stems actually contain poisonous glycoalkaloids, but the fruit is safe). Gerard's views were influential, and the tomato was considered unfit for eating (though not necessarily poisonous) for many years in Britain and its North American colonies.

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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Yesterday Stonefly stated he majored in History.

    Here is some history.

    LIFE IN THE 1500's - This is obviously first hand experience.

    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 the1500s:

    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. - Many of us can't wait for Hendrickson in May... Who would have known that you're looking for a bath?


    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. - How many Corona's before passing out? Lucky for you, this tradition is no longer used! That would be an aweful lot of coffins with scratch marks in them!

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


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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    I think tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are all members of the nightshade family and as such got a chilly reception when they first got to Europe. Europeans got over it - could you imagine Italian food w/o tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Those fruits are generally OK, but the rare person has an allergy to them and other parts can be hazardous.

    Lead plates leaching out was a baddie, but another problem was the lead glazes used on the pottery in which everything was stored.

    Back in Germany of the time (and until not that long ago) the barn and farmhouse were one and there was just a low wall to keep the cattle and the people separated. My German father loves the smell of cow manure - brings back memories of home.


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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Quote Originally Posted by kindanewbie77 View Post
    As usual, the daily pearls of wisdom, courtesy of the always thinking AK. Thank you for my daily lesson,and laugh!


    "Interesting"

    I am also glad someone has the free time to find all this "interesting" stuff....just in case any of us needs this information.

    It does remind me of an "interesting" story about one of our early Presidents. (I forget which one), but the story goes that he attributed his success by changing one word in his vocabulary. The word he changed to was the word "interesting". Prior to that he use to use the word "Bullshit".

    I don't know about the aledged facts about the 1500's, but I think you'd all agree my story was....well....interesting!


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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    The same amount of time it took me to find copy and paste my "interesting" information, was probably a lot less than what it took you to come up with that ever witty response! Can't understand why some people live to take wind out of others' sails....

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    Re: Life in the 1500's

    Quote Originally Posted by kindanewbie77 View Post
    The same amount of time it took me to find copy and paste my "interesting" information, was probably a lot less than what it took you to come up with that ever witty response! Can't understand why some people live to take wind out of others' sails....
    I'll keep this short then

    WTFCUYA?

    BTW, your post about tomatoes was informative (almost said interesting)


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