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  1. observe

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    Some interesting facts ............ for all of you who have nor seen this before.

    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 hanged

    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.. More bleeding history.


    They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in
    a pot and then once a day it was taken and 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" and 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
    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 cutoff 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 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
    ''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
    realised 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''

    And that's the truth.

    Now, whoever said history was boring ! ! !
    So .. . ... get out there and educate someone!
  2. spike.t

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    sorry to say observe but have a look on snopes.com, and put in one for the road or on the wagon, comes up with different theories. they make good reading though . :D
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    thanks spike
    i didn't check it on snopes.com first-my mistake!
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    shame it wasnt true, but as they say they were not that nice to prisoners then!:draught:
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    Interesting ! Thanks Observe
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    Still fun to read. Even if one is true then its worth the reading if not its worth a laugh.
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    Are you suppose to take a bath more than once a year?

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