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Riverdude

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Where did Piss Poor come from?
>
> Interesting History
>
>
> They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families
> used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken &
> 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" & 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 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 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 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!!!
 

Matt

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Fun read, but I am highly skeptical. I will have to get my team of snopers on that. ;) For example, the "graveyard shift" analogy with the bell is correct, however the details are a bit sketchy. The use of bells came during the great plague. Towards the end of their illness, the inflicted would go catatonic and not show very good vital signs. With so many people dying, and medical care so poor, this lead to many people being buried alive. This fact was discovered after they started running out of room and were digging up coffins to stack more people in them.

Do you know the root of the "Ring around the Rosie" playground chant? It comes from the days of small pox, if that's a hint...
 
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Riverdude

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Fun read, but I am highly skeptical. I will have to get my team of snopers on that. ;) For example, the "graveyard shift" analogy with the bell is correct, however the details are a bit sketchy. The use of bells came during the great plague. Towards the end of their illness, the inflicted would go catatonic and not show very good vital signs. With so many people dying, and medical care so poor, this lead to many people being buried alive. This fact was discovered after they started running out of room and were digging up coffins to stack more people in them.

Do you know the root of the "Ring around the Rosie" playground chant? It comes from the days of small pox, if that's a hint...
Not sure if I want to know about "Red Rover, Red Rover Send Dannmamm On Over". He, he, he.
 

Dannmann801

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Not sure if I want to know about "Red Rover, Red Rover Send Dannmamm On Over". He, he, he.
That one used to be used most frequently by USC cheerleading squad and the friday night shift at the Double Diamond Gentlemens Club.
More recently popular with the cougars at the Springboro Ladies Friday Nite Bridge and Shuffleboard Club.
Dang.
 

CJD3

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That one used to be used most frequently by USC cheerleading squad and the friday night shift at the Double Diamond Gentlemens Club.
More recently popular with the cougars at the Springboro Ladies Friday Nite Bridge and Shuffleboard Club.
Dang.
I might buy into that "lock, stock and barrel"