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01-06-2015, 03:30 AM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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NOW THIS IS A REAL EDUCATION

Where did "Piss Poor" come from? 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 "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 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 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 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; 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 ben 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!!!
01-06-2015, 03:35 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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I beg to differ a little, but only because Finland

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01-06-2015, 03:39 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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During the middle ages bath houses were banned throughout Europe by the church due to lewd behavior. This didn't happen in Finland for a couple of reasons; 1) Finnish saunas are too hot for lewd behavior. 2) Religion arrived here very late.

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01-06-2015, 03:42 AM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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I was thinking some of it Hölynpönolinkä too.

Closest I could find to bull shït.
01-06-2015, 03:45 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Actually, piss being sterile it was used as a disinfectant if you got a cut or such in the field back in the day.

Piss poor is only an English expression.
01-06-2015, 03:47 AM #6
nobody Member
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I knew that.
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I mean, Thx for the education :P
01-06-2015, 03:49 AM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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But it was used to whiten fabric as ammonia. Perhaps why white clothes are sterile. huh.
01-06-2015, 03:50 AM #8
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(01-06-2015, 03:45 AM)Octo Wrote:  Piss poor is only an English expression.
Well yeah, if it was a French expression it would be pisse pauvre
01-06-2015, 03:50 AM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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What I heard by word of mouth, in pre-history, the rich ate the good psychedelic Mescaline and shrooms, and the poor drank their piss to cop a second hand high.
According to the source - psychedelic components pass through the body in an un-metabolized fashion, and therefore; could be passed on to others.
Is it true? Fekk if I know dunno.gif

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01-06-2015, 03:53 AM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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(01-06-2015, 03:50 AM)Shadow Wrote:  
(01-06-2015, 03:45 AM)Octo Wrote:  Piss poor is only an English expression.
Well yeah, if it was a French expression it would be pisse pauvre

Wee madame

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01-06-2015, 03:55 AM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Wanna touch my oui oui?

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01-06-2015, 03:57 AM #12
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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No.

(01-06-2015, 03:50 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  What I heard by word of mouth, in pre-history, the rich ate the good psychedelic Mescaline and shrooms, and the poor drank their piss to cop a second hand high.
According to the source - psychedelic components pass through the body in an un-metabolized fashion, and therefore; could be passed on to others.
Is it true? Fekk if I know dunno.gif

Like bong water.
01-06-2015, 04:01 AM #13
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Something to that effect, yes. Or at least, that's what was claimed. I wouldn't do it. I've been piss poor but never that hard up for a buzz FFS.

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01-06-2015, 04:02 AM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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I read the same thing about shamans drinking the piss of reindeer eating fly agaric, but for different reasons. Seems it's mainly legends and fairytales.
01-06-2015, 04:09 AM #15
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(01-06-2015, 04:02 AM)Octo Wrote:  I read the same thing about shamans drinking the piss of reindeer eating fly agaric, but for different reasons. Seems it's mainly legends and fairytales.

That's pretty interesting, considering my source was a Native American. hmm.gif

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