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    Well I didnt know that


    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 hung.

    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

    he said YES, it was referred to as “ONE FOR THE ROAD”

    he declined, that prisoner was “ON THE WAGON”

    there you go. More bleeding history

    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.

    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.

    are some facts about the 1500’s:

    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.

    the custom today, of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

    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!"

    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."

    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.

    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
    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?)

    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''.

    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 talking and ''Chew the fat''.

    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.

    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''.

    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''.

    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,
    thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

    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''

    that's the truth.

    whoever said History was boring ! ! !

    Last edited by Mannlicher_Stu; 30-07-2010 at 11:40.

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    Good read that, See, the SD Site is just not all about Stalking.......

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