Where Did It Come From?

The next time you are washing your hands and complain that the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are a few of facts about the 1500’s.

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 their body odor.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. And once it was full it was sold to the tannery.

If you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”. But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t afford to buy a pot… they “didn’t have a pot to piss in”and were the lowest of the low.

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 out the baby 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 the 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 was 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 used to spread thresh (straw) on the 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.

Keep your fork

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