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In the past ....

  1. 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.
  2. 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 d irty you could actual­ly lose someo­ne in it. Hence the say­ing, Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
  3. 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.