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LIFE IN THE 1500'S > 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 still smelled pretty good by > June. However, they were starting to smell, so 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 w ater. > 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 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 the saying 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 po t 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 ! ! ! > > Educate someone. Share these facts with a friend. > > > > > Nadean

For some reason lately in my life, within my family, they've all found a reason to get up off their lazy butts and do something for someone else. My baby sister, recently diagnosed with M.S. does the awareness walk..and makes the rest of my family do it with her. I mean after all, if she can do it with her 7 yr old daughter, why can't the able bodied people support her? Unfortunately sometimes it's like pulling off legs. So, theres that. Cancer.-any type, doesn't matter. You should be either raising awareness or walking..doing something. What kills me is that for some reason people seem to think the only cancer thats worth mentioning is breast cancer. While I agree it is important, it's not the only kind. I am aware that any kind is devastating to that person, but to me, (no offense ladies) I don't need breasts. If they could come up with a way to cut out my brain so I could survive without it, don't think I wouldn't do it just to be with my kids longer. Theres another reason. Lupus: I don't know a lot about this disease. I only talked to one person one time with it and she seemed very brave. I know she walked (all these people walking. I wonder if they know where they are going.) Walk Now for Autism: Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism is North America's largest grassroots autism walk program and our signature fund raising and awareness event. More than 70 walks are taking place across the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom in 2008. The March of Dime's: March for Babies, formerly Walk America, began in 1970 as the first charitable walking event in the United States. The name was changed after the 2007 event. With all the problems in the world, I'm sure its not hard to find a reason to be a better person and fortunate for what you have.. Go Green or something lol.

This was sent to me by my sister, and I think it is right on!!!! TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY: Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) who created the "tent city jail": He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights. Cut off all but "G" movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination. He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked! up the cable TV again only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs. He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back." He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. More on the Arizona Sheriff: With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks. "It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 year. "It's inhumane." Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!" Way to go, Sheriff! Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves. If you agree, pass this on. Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona.
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R. Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously.. Please read: STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this... A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. RECOGNIZING A STROKE Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke . Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simp le questions: S * Ask the individual to SMILE. T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today) R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke. A cardiologist says if everyone who get s this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
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