Sunday, September 25, 2011


Found this...thought you'd enjoy it...

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 the1500s:

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 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 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 entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. 

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!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitution Day

Tomorrow, on Constituion Day, September 17, 2011, we have invited the veterans of our community to come to worship with us and to recieve honor and thanks...and to our barbecue after church. What an opportunity to represent Jesus well!

And, it should be fun! I believe food, fun, and fellowhip...lead to faith. My hope is that as a church community we will do our best to develop relationships with those who come.

Tomorrow, I will share some thoughts on the similarities between the sacrifice made by our veterans with the sacrifice made by our God.

“Greater love has no one than this: than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Football Teams Quiz

Let me know how you did in the comments setion...

  1. 7 squared = 49ers
  2. Soldier insects - Giants
  3. Hostile attackers - Raiders
  4. Streakers are this -  Bears
  5. Varieties of iron - Steelers
  6. Suntanned bodies - Browns
  7. Indian brigade - Redskins
  8. I.O.U’s - Bills
  9. Toy baby with fin arms -Dolphins
  10. Tired out runners - Panthers
  11. Lubricators - Oilers
  12. Rodeo horses - Broncos
  13. Six shooters - Colts
  14. Opposite of ewes - Rams
  15. Class of boy scouts - Eagles
  16. American gauchos - Cowboys
  17. Fundamental rules - Cardinals
  18. Credit card users - Chargers
  19. Indian leaders - Chiefs
  20. Loaders - Packers
  21. King of the beasts - Lions
  22. Used to be a girl - Bengals
  23. $1 for corn - Buccaneers
  24. 747 - Jets