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Postby Pinno » Tue Nov 27, 2012 15:09 pm

Got this via e-mail, thought it was quite funny.

Where did “p1ss poor” come from ? People need to learn something new every day...
Just to keep the grey matter tuned up.

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 "P1ss 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 p1ss 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 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 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; “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!!!
So get out there and educate someone !

Share these facts with a friend.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering,

'What the heck happened?"

We'll be friends until we are old and senile.

Then we'll be new friends.
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Re: Education, educashon, edewcatiun

Postby Phil Fouracre » Tue Nov 27, 2012 17:09 pm

And I thought this was a bike forum! like it, when is the second lesson?

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Re: Education, educashon, edewcatiun

Postby Fevmeister » Wed Nov 28, 2012 01:37 am

Great!!!

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Re: Education, educashon, edewcatiun

Postby bompington » Wed Nov 28, 2012 06:51 am

I'm so glad we have the internet now to provide us with such reliable information.

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Postby Daz555 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 14:02 pm

As with all "internet facts" this is the usual load of tripe and urban myth and on-the-spot made up facts.

"P1ss poor" and ""didn't have a pot to p1ss in". False.
Married in June due to baths in May. False.
Bouquet to hide the smell. False.
Bath water baby. False.
Raining cats and dogs. False.
Four-poster beds. False.
Dirt floors. False.
Threshold. False.
Bringing home the bacon. False.
Chewing the fat. False.
Poisonous tomatoes. False.


Right I'll stop there but you get the jist. Right, now I've ruined your fun I'll go back to work. Cheers. :mrgreen:

Edit. The one about upper crusts is actually true.
You only need two tools: WD40 and Duck Tape.
If it doesn't move and should, use the WD40.
If it shouldn't move and does, use the tape.

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Re: Education, educashon, edewcatiun

Postby Graham. » Wed Nov 28, 2012 14:06 pm

Daz555 wrote:As with all "internet facts" this is the usual load of tripe and urban myth and on-the-spot made up facts.

"P1ss poor" and ""didn't have a pot to p1ss in". False.
Married in June due to baths in May. False.
Bouquet to hide the smell. False.
Bath water baby. False.
Raining cats and dogs. False.
Four-poster beds. False.
Dirt floors. False.
Threshold. False.
Bringing home the bacon. False.
Chewing the fat. False.
Poisonous tomatoes. False.


Right I'll stop there but you get the jist. Right, now I've ruined your fun I'll go back to work. Cheers. :mrgreen:

Go on then smarty bottom.... What are the real reasons? :D

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Re: Education, educashon, edewcatiun

Postby dynamicbrick » Wed Nov 28, 2012 15:19 pm

As always, Snopes to the rescue.

http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.asp

Edit: I'm more surprised that it's still going, given how old it is - 1999. I remember getting it as email facts spam/circular, when such things were all the rage at work, in around 2001.


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