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Back in the Pioneer Days lol

I don't know how true any of this is, but thought it was interesting.

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.
And then once it was full it was taken and 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” and 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 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 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 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.
(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; “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.”

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Asked by ABeaverhausen at 12:35 PM on Mar. 4, 2013 in Just for Fun

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Answers (19)
  • Did you forget to go anon this time or do you just think it's funny to repeat posts that were posted less than a week ago and start it with a common troll title?

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:36 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • I didn't know this was ever posted?

    Comment by ABeaverhausen (original poster) at 12:38 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • Lol I think someone just posted this a couple days ago. But yes very interesting!

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:38 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • Jesus. Witch hunt or what? I don't spend every waking moment on here and don't keep up with every single post. I thought the pioneer posts were funny & thought this would help the pioneer research.

    Comment by ABeaverhausen (original poster) at 12:42 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • lol I was about to go NOT AGAIN!.

    To many people are jumping on the finger pointing band wagon. This is the first time I've seen this.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 12:44 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • First time I've seen this...very interesting!

    Answer by PandaGwen at 12:45 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • I wasn't attacking!! Just had deja vu that's all lol. I did enjoy reading them :)

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:46 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • Sorry maecntpntz, I was talking to Kristi. We're BFF's in real life, she just doesn't know it yet.

    Comment by ABeaverhausen (original poster) at 12:47 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • It's not pointing fingers when she's been caught doing it and then bitches about being caught and admitting to it under her Facebook account

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:48 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

  • I went anon on a religious question. And I wasn't "caught" I owned up to it.

    Where were you Saturday?

    Comment by ABeaverhausen (original poster) at 12:49 PM on Mar. 4, 2013

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