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Where did Piss Poor come from?

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!!!

Submitted by Mark Roach on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 16:45.
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