Interesting Facts and Origin of Phrases

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” 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 1500s:


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.


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 an 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 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 w ith 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 like I just did! ! !

4 Responses to “Interesting Facts and Origin of Phrases”

  1. MORE “WORTHLESSTRIVIA

    – Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.

    – Pearls melt in vinegar.

    – It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather
    for a year’s supply of footballs.

    – Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for
    dating are already married.

    – The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola,
    and Budweiser, in that order.

    – It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

    – Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the
    palms of their hands.

    – Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from
    the sale of vodka.

    – The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,”
    uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union
    to Test telex/two communications)

    – Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

    – A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

    – The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days
    of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses
    were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk
    up straight staircases.

    – The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.” (Thus
    the name of the Don McLean song.)

    – Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king
    from history:
    Spades – King David
    Clubs – Alexander the Great
    Hearts – Charlemagne, and
    Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

    – 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 =12,345,678,987,654,321

    – Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
    without killing them used to burn their houses down—hence the
    expression “to get fired.”

    – Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that
    makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

    – The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army
    for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

    – The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest
    point in Colorado.

    – The only two days of the year in which there are no
    professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the
    day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

    – Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    – The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween”
    was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

    – If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep
    floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

    – Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.

    – Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were
    freshman roommates at Harvard.

    – The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable
    from those of humans, so much so that they could be
    confused at a crime scene.

    – Months that begin on Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”

    – The man, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on
    Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.

    – The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in
    every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable
    as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

    – There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    – All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

  2. Even more Interesting Facts

    1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

    2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

    3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

    4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

    5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.

    6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.

    7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

    8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.

    9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

    10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

    11. Dalmatians are born without spots.

    12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

    13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).

    14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.

    15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.

    16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.

    17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.

    18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

    19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

    20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

    21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

    22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.

    23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

    24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.

    25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.

    26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

    27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

    28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.

    29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

    30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

    31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

    32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.

    33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

    34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

    35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.

    36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

    37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.

    38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it
    is smiling).

    39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

    40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

    41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.

    43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)

    44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

    46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.

    47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

    48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

    49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

    50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!

  3. It is immpossible for man to chase his tail going clockwise

  4. Pretty cool… Great stuff :D

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