LIFE IN THE 1500's

Discussion in 'Economics' started by TraderZones, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. LIFE IN THE 1500's - and stuff you didn't know!

    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


    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

    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


    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 whiskey. 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 ! ! !
  2. Man you're giving ideas to the conservatives.
  3. empee


    how do you have time to post so much
  4. poyayan


    This...... is ENTERTAINMENT
  5. Be thankful, he did not use ALL CAPS or very large fonts.
  6. I'm sick and tired of this Republican garbage.

  7. It is copied.
  8. That is the most pathetic smilie I've seen in my life. And I've seen some awful ones. This isn't just bad, it isn't even 1991 Telnet bad, it's just .. disgusting.
  9. What about how they had to walk to the castle in 3 feet of snow up hill 5 miles both ways to fetch water to make root soup that they had to eat 6 days straight until Sunday, when they washed their socks in the broth?
  10. I actually found the opening post quite interesting,but I'm not sure what this has to do with Economics - wouldn't this thread be better suited to Chit-Chat?
    #10     Sep 17, 2008