Life in the 1500's - History...boring?? NOT!

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 07:55
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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:

These are interesting...
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 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 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 entranceway. 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 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 "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."

Local Lords and upper crustaceans would ride around the land in "sedan" chairs. They were carried by crews, who, on long treks would be met by subsequent crews as they made their way along the journey to ensure that the dignitary would not be slowed by tiring walkers. The crews were called "Land Crews", and would be arranged every 2 hours or so along the trek, hence the term "Landcruiser" and the reason they stop every hour or so.

And that's the truth (maybe except the last bit)... Now, whoever said that History was boring !!!
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Reply By: Terryfirma - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 08:16

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 08:16
Another saying is -

You are only having a boring day if you haven't learnt something new.

Well my day has started out very enlightning.

Thanks Bonz very interesting reading

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Terry
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Reply By: Spinifex - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 09:02

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 09:02
And then they got an idea to COLONISE and brought all their BAD HABITS with them

And in 500 years time they will be saying:

"Look what those poor people were doing in the year 2000 plus"

"They drove around in antiquated personal breadboxes using up all our fossil fuels. Then they came on to forums(unlike the Romans) and posted dumb questions and answers and trivia information when they got bored"

"They ate too much, did not exercise, smoked, got fat and died from coronary desease all before their time of three score years and ten came up."

"The only good things they ever did was to invent the digital watch and the mobile phone"

I could go on..................LOL
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 10:49

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 10:49
Then there was the Japanese overload called Ni.

Every night he inspected the boundaries of his estate - being carried everywhere in a big steel box.

Travellers seeing this were told 'Oh that's just Ni san's Patrol.
Collyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 11:10

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 11:10
Hi Collyn ,

Clicked on your rig pic and saw the Oka going over big red .
I always surmised that the Oka would not be too good over dunes but if you got through the Simpson OK , they can't be too bad .

It always lloks to me as though there is too much weight for 4 wheels and they would just dig in .

I always look at them longingly and then think better of it - but maybe I am mistaken .

Has yours got the newer bigger engine ?

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:19

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:19
Surely you man OverloRd, unless you refer to the venerable SUMO, in which case you could be initially correct. I thought you were going to mention the Knights who say NI!
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:02

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:02
Hahahahahaha i was waiting for the Land Rovers tag there mate, Landcruisers is good though.

I love it, can't help but think you were a tad bored at the time, maybe ;-)))

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Reply By: Michael B - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:03

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:03
Bonz,

Good stuff, makes a nice change from tyres/fridges/generators/dah dah dah dah..

and I learned something too, could crop up in conversation anytime, so am I free to use this wealth of info?? Ta

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:19

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:19
A small recompense would be appropriate
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:05

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 12:05
Willie

OKAs are surpringly good in soft sand - at least those that have the earlier 900 by 16 tyres are.

Bear this in mind: their all-up weight is (or legally should be) 5.5 tonnes - our is about 5.1 tonnes. The 900 by 16s will happily run at 25 psi or less (if speed is kept under 40 km/hr). Because of their high profile their footprint elongates hugely.

I did need to have several goes at Big Red but finally made it.

Good OKAs are great vehicles. They do need a fair of maintenance - too much for them to be popular with tour operators - but fine for private owners especially if they do their own.

Have had ours for eight years - but am about to sell it as it does not get enough use to justify keeping it. Will be posting details on the appropriate part of this site shortly.
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 16:18

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 16:18
That was about the most interesting thing I think I've ever read on this forum, besides of course that thrilling debate on Engel v's Waeco we once had!

Now I'm a toyota lad I must say you are dead right, we do stop every hour or so .....to wait for you Nissan chaps to stop chitter chattering and JUST DRIVE UP THE BLOODY HILL!

LOL LOL LOL

:-)))
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:30

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:30
I know one Troopy that stops after every water crossing for the christmas tree lights on the dash to go out. Its not that far a stratch to see others stopping in sympathy.....
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:11

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:11
You were bored

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:27

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:27
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I was inspired
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 02:22

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 02:22
Ah ya cheeky bugga

Busted!

Hahahaha good one Bonz :)))))
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Reply By: Otherwise - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:23

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:23
Bonz me old mate

Some of those sayings are just a tad suss....lol

"It's raining cats and dogs." Didn't someone once post something about Datsun Cogs?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:29

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 18:29
Everything except the Landcruiser bit is pretty on the money although I am not sure about the tomato's they werent about in the 1500's, I reckon old Sir Francis Drake brought them back.

Oh and the Landcruiser bit is on the money
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Reply By: Member - Bware - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 02:10

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 02:10
The first half sounds like some camping trips I've been on.
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