Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 9, 2010

Interesting Historical Facts

Where did the phrase 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 16th century life:

1.  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.

2.  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.

3.  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. 


4.  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.

5.  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."

6.  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.
                  
7.  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.  

8.   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 ! ! !


Dedicated To Seniors

This is dedicated to all of us who are seniors, to all of you who know seniors, and to all of you who will become seniors. It pays to be
able to laugh about it when you are!


"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?!" The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY".

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter,
"Well, shit, so that's why no one was at church today."

Monday, April 5, 2010

If It Works In Pakistan, It Would Work In Mexico

 'Drones Batter Qaeda and Allies Within Pakistan,' by Jane Perlez and Pir Zubair Shah in Peshawar: 'A stepped-up campaign of American drone strikes over the past three months has battered Al Qaeda and its Pakistani and Afghan brethren in the tribal area of North Waziristan, according to a mid-ranking militant and supporters of the government there. ...The drones, operated by the C.I.A., fly overhead sometimes four at a time, emitting a beelike hum virtually 24 hours a day, observing and tracking targets, then unleashing missiles on their quarry.'