Friday, July 9, 2010

Interesting History Tidbits...Facts About The 1500s?

Have you ever wondered how a saying came into existance? We use phrases all the time without thinking of exactly what they meant when they were started. Here's a few that were recently sent to me...oh yeah, this has been circulating since April 1999 and most of it is balderdash (proven false), but it's still a fun read.

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. Wedding bouquets were originally made of such strong herbs as thyme and garlic, which were meant to frighten away evil spirits, BUT they were also used to cover the stench emitting from people who had not bathed recently! There is no evidence that June was a popular month to get married until the last 100 years.

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!" It's possible that this is true...I haven't found anything that completely disputes it...

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