LIFE IN THE 1500'S - Try and make art under these conditions!



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 odour. 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 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 that
History was boring ! ! !