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Life in the 1500's

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  1. whiterabbit06

    whiterabbit06 Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill? VIP

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    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 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 entranceway. Hence the saying 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 ! ! !
     
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    I don't care if half of that was true or not, it was an awesome read. Rep =)
     
  3. Briansol

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    i know the tomato one is true... read about that before.

    so, i'm going to asume the others are as well.


    i still can't picture a dog on the roof. cat, sure. dog, hrm....
     
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  4. B16RacerN2NR

    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    Honestly, I don't give a shit lol lol. Am I grateful that technology has changed since then and i'm here right now to enjoy it? Hell yeah I am, but i'm not gonna dwell on what people had to go through back then. I don't think those people in the 1500's gave a shit about how people lived back in the 1100's and such.

    But that being said, that had some interesting facts :)
     
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    Briansol Admins Admin VIP

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    I would like to try it.

    It's a simple kind of life.

    There's no welfare, socialism, or obama to save your lazy ass. You don't work that day, you don't eat that day.
     
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    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    No ///M either :ph34r: lol
     
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    DarkHand Senior Member VIP

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    Good point. :D Even the richest kings back then pretty much lived in squalor by today's western standards. No toilets, hygiene, or sanitation. No running water, sewage, any kind of utilities, or any real medicine. Heck, toilet paper is practically a brand new invention. :ph34r:
     
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  8. Slow&Delirious

    Slow&Delirious isn't fast or furious

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    wiping with corn husks eh?

    the things we take for granted........
     
  9. Justin66

    Justin66 The Hondaswap Canadian

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    Ya i enjoy our 21st century technology. Thank god for internet, electricity and soap!
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Nifty stuff. Wonder how much is true..


    And people who bathed once a year are retarded. Living next to a river ftw.
     
  11. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Crazy stuff. Interesting to learn. Rep.

    And I'm good where I am. With the way have drank in the past and even occasionally now, I would have been accidentally buried a few times.
     
  12. awptickes

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    That's awesome. I love learning about this time in history, it's just so interesting. <3


    +1
     
  13. corvetteguy78

    corvetteguy78 Well-Known Member VIP

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    Hmmm..The Village yo.
     
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    Right like you would take a bath in a river in the middle of fall/winter in a not so warm climate where the highs are in the 30-50 degree range. The water temp would be in the low40's high 30's.
     
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    hot blind chicks FTW :)
     
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    I say we organize such event....Get some hot blind chicks and other people, build some shitin the woods and live there without law! Hot BLind chicks are a must though....or just hot chicks who are willing to put out....or if we cna;t get hot chicks, maybe like some 6's or 7's, that should do....if we can;t get 6's or 7's then like ones that if you drank a 6 pack they look like 6'sor 7's so that would make them what? 4's? 5s? those should do too...wait are we aloud to drink because this whole thing won't work for me
     
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    haha

    you find the land, i'll find the blind chicks :)
     
  18. Aleaf.CRX

    Aleaf.CRX Hates Cunts!

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    I love History. Rep!!
     
  19. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    B has problems finding any chicks thats up to his standards...

    Hot...not happening, and blind...might as well give up.
     
  20. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Remember though, hotness comes from birth. Blindness "can happen" after.
     
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