This is some REAL INTERESTING STUFF about History!!
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 the1500s:
* 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.
* A big tub filled with hot water was used for bathing in. First up the man of the house, he had the privilege of the nice clean water, he was followed all by his sons and any other men in the household, then the women washed and finally the children. Last of all the babies! All using the same water. 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 ceiling 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 through the straw roof onto the floor.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
* The floor of ordinary dwellings through most of history was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt floors.
Hence the saying "dirt poor."
* England’s history is long and the country is 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 re-use 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!
Want to find out more about History? Well, for starters have a look at these sites.
- fun ways to learn about History through interactive games with lots of options to look at.
- information on World History and games to play.
- why should learning be boring!
- plenty to explore and have fun with here.
-- a range of different historical activities to enjoy.
- - plenty of interactive quizzes to help you improve your knowledge of History.
- a list of fun History sites to visit.
- History games and activities.
- links to the best sites for History games and activities.
A few more websites to dip into.
New Zealand sites to visit.
For some right royal historical or should that read hysterical entertainment follow the links below:
- Horrible Histories episodes
- Horrible History songs
- History for Music Lovers