Where did Piss Poor come from? Interesting info

> Not sure any of this is true but kind of fun to read.
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> Where did Piss Poor come from?
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> Interesting History and fun facts
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> 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”
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> 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
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> 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:
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> 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.
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> 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!”
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> 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.”
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> 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,
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> a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top
> afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into
> existence.
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> 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,
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> 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.
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> (Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> And that’s the truth….Now, whoever said History was boring!!!
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> So…get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these
> facts with a friend.
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