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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

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Asked by iNk-FrEaK at 12:43 AM on Oct. 31, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • 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."

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:44 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:45 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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?)

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:45 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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.

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:45 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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.

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:45 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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 co uple 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.

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:46 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • 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.

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:46 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

    Comment by iNk-FrEaK (original poster) at 12:46 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • wow i learned a lot thanks

    Answer by meagan678 at 12:52 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Very interesting! Some of this I had read about before, but it's still fascinating.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 12:57 AM on Oct. 31, 2010

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