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~ Before the Baby Comes: A Pamphlet of Instruction and Advice for Prospective Mothers, by Joseph Brown Cooke. 1903 via Internet Archive.


Rosemary was the oldest daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Although she lived to age 86, she underwent a lobotomy at the age of 23 that left her incapacitated and institutionalized in a Wisconsin facility. The family long maintained she was born mentally retarded, but others argue that she was not, evidenced by her careful diaries in her youth and traveling alone-and that her father had her lobotomized due to inappropriate behavior. Drs refused the operation, but eventually Joe found a Dr.

Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".

For decades, underworld boss Meyer Lansky kept mob secrets so explosive that if the truth ever came out it would alter American history. Now his little-known daughter, who kept her own Code of Silence over the years about her father’s activities, is drawing back the dark veil of the mob’s influence at the highest reaches of government and world events.

We forget how things like a regular garbage pickup system weren't in place years ago. Can you imagine the smell back then? It had to be horrible!

One regular crime committed in the 1800s era was the abduction of children for their clothes. Well-dressed youth would be captured, stripped, and left running home in their underwear. This was one of the reasons chaperones were often employed.

In Victorian England, class did not depend on money– a working man who just won a small fortune of money at the horse tracks, & could afford a “first class” ticket on the train home, wouldn’t dream of it, knowing what class he was in. A middle class person who was broke was still middle-class. Family connections, where you were born & lived, these were more important than the money aspect. People were expected to live the way their classes dictated. Any other behavior was thought of as wrong.

I wonder if this is true... “Going to university” in the 1800s meant either going to Cambridge or Oxford. There, one did not attend classes; they simply had a tutor come a few hours a week, and attended a few lectures. Proficiency in Greek and Latin was emphasized. One was not even necessarily expected to graduate with a degree; it was mainly a place where the wealthy youth could go and meet other wealthy youth to get connections for when they were older.

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.

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.”

In the 1500s, 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.

In the 1500s, 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: a thresh hold.

In the 1500s when roofs were made only of straw, and was filled with animals, bugs etc trying to keep warm, 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.

In the 1500s, lead cups were commonly used to drink ale (beer) or whiskey. The combo of lead with heavy amounts of alcohol would sometimes knock the drinker unconscious for several days. These people would be found by strangers, friends, or family members and assumed dead, where they would then be prepared for burial. The person, presumed dead, would be laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days, while the family would gather around & eat and drink and wait to see if he/she would wake up

“Saved by the Bell” and “Dead Ringer” England is an old civilization & relatively small, given the population – even in the 1500′s. So, local folks back then started running out of places to bury their dead. So they started the process of digging up coffins and taking the bones to a bone-house, and then reusing the grave. When reopening the coffins, about 1 out of every 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside. ...(see 2nd pin to continue)..

In the 1500s, most meals consisted of vegetables from the kettle on the hearth. 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”.

1500′s Fun Facts & Popular Sayings

Part 2: ...Alarming, this made them realize they had been burying people alive. So, they then started a tradition of tying a string on the wrist of the corpse. This string was then thread through the coffin and up through the ground, where it was then tied to a bell. This was great, but also required someone 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.”

Jamestown was not the first European colony in North America.Jamestown was merely the first British colony, and the first colony in Virginia. These settlers were the first European colonists to do one thing though --resort to cannibalism. Yes, during the exceptionally rough winter of 1609, the colonists were forced to eat their feces and their dead to keep alive.

Washington was not generally the great war hero we remember him for. He actually lost every major engagement during the first four years of the war. He wasn’t even the great president we have been told about in our school lessons. In fact, he was the first president to get caught in a scandal when the Philadelphia Aura reported that he embezzled over $6,000 more than he was permitted to take as his salary during his term as presidency.

Little Known Facts About American History

Columbus was actually a bit of a barbarian. In fact, he was arrested and returned to Spain after being found to be too barbaric a ruler in his role as governor of the Hispaniola colony. 23 people testified about his cruelty as a really, really bad guy. He even refused to let the natives convert to Christianity because Catholic law dictated that baptized people could not be enslaved. Studies show that there were aprox300,000 people in Hispaniola, but 56 years after Columbus, it was only 500.

Built-in area for dog crates in mudroom...

GUY'S HOSPITAL: LIFE IN A LONDON HOSPITAL, ENGLAND, 1941. This patient has been marked on the forehead with 'M 1/4' meaning that they have received a 1/4 grain of morphine before arrival at the hospital.

Blanche Dumas - The Three-Legged Courtesan

Blanche Dumas - The Three-Legged Courtesan