Friday, September 26, 2014

Did You Know?


During life in the 1500s bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top. Hence: 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!


Image source http://www.openthemagazine.com 

4 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

amazing...

Kay said...

Oh my gosh! Seriously?

Rhapsody said...

blessings....
hope you and yours are all well.
Interesting facts/fore lore

have a great week.

Obat Perangsang wanita said...

good and nice information