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« Reply #2325 on: February 18, 2014, 11:27:25 AM »
I really hate that idea that life must have been better/more natural/etc "way back when".  For all the issues our current day has, I'm really enamored with modern heating/cooling systems, modern plumbing, worldwide shipping so I can have veggies, fruits and meats out of season, and an educational system that allows women to be taught.   :P
Paper personal hygiene product. Just sayin'. ::)

Not to mention bloody rags every month.  My mother told me about having to wash those and how thrilled she was when she bought her first box of Modess in America.

Both my late MIL and my mom have talked about this. They had to wash the rags and hang them on the clothesline!  :o Fast-forward to the 1970s, when I 'became a woman,' and mom bought me the pads that required a belt. She said the others were too expensive. I loathed those things!

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« Reply #2326 on: February 18, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »
I really hate that idea that life must have been better/more natural/etc "way back when".  For all the issues our current day has, I'm really enamored with modern heating/cooling systems, modern plumbing, worldwide shipping so I can have veggies, fruits and meats out of season, and an educational system that allows women to be taught.   :P
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My DAD's stories of Houston before air conditioning make my skin crawl. I grew up using the same slat beds he and Aunt (Twin beds I had both of them) had. My grandfather made them. He would tell me about untucking the foot of the bed because 1/2 way through the night he would switch foot to head to find a place not soaked with sweat. (I had new mattresses jut the frame was the same) They would also sneak off to swim in the bayous (shutter) because the pools were shut down in August due to the fear/believe that polio was being spread in the pools.

Sort of off topic now... but I grew up in Houston and we didn't have air conditioning in my elementary school till I was in third grade ~1967. It wasn't all that big a deal at the time, although it did make a big impression on me that we finally had a/c so we must have been sweating before that!

My X-DH grew up in FL. His schools didn't have AC at all - at least while he was attending them. I can't imagine dealing with that. The heat/humidity down there can be brutal! Ironically, his jr. high was named after the man who invented AC!  :)

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« Reply #2327 on: February 18, 2014, 11:30:29 AM »
Fast-forward to the 1970s, when I 'became a woman,' and mom bought me the pads that required a belt. She said the others were too expensive. I loathed those things!

Mom got those for me, too, in the late 70's, early 80's.  They were fantastic for overnight use because they didn't move around.  I used the regular kind during the day.
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« Reply #2328 on: February 18, 2014, 11:44:32 AM »
On the travel board where I hang out, there was a discussion of first aid for wounds when you are in the middle of nowhere. One person posted, quite seriously, that the best treatment was to rub the wound with soil, as local dirt would be full of bacteria & fungi that produce antibiotics against local bad germs.


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« Reply #2329 on: February 18, 2014, 11:48:20 AM »
On the travel board where I hang out, there was a discussion of first aid for wounds when you are in the middle of nowhere. One person posted, quite seriously, that the best treatment was to rub the wound with soil, as local dirt would be full of bacteria & fungi that produce antibiotics against local bad germs.

Like what, anthrax?  Yuck.

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« Reply #2330 on: February 18, 2014, 11:59:27 AM »
On the travel board where I hang out, there was a discussion of first aid for wounds when you are in the middle of nowhere. One person posted, quite seriously, that the best treatment was to rub the wound with soil, as local dirt would be full of bacteria & fungi that produce antibiotics against local bad germs.

If that were the case, how exactly did he think the "local bad germs" would get into the wound unaccompanied by the local germ-fighting bacteria and fungi? Did the bad germs jump like fleas?  ???

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« Reply #2331 on: February 18, 2014, 12:35:34 PM »
On the travel board where I hang out, there was a discussion of first aid for wounds when you are in the middle of nowhere. One person posted, quite seriously, that the best treatment was to rub the wound with soil, as local dirt would be full of bacteria & fungi that produce antibiotics against local bad germs.

Some of this should go in the Grossout thread, but, well, here it goes:

My MIL, farmgirl in northern Indiana in the early 20th century, said the best treatment for bee stings or horsefly bites was fresh cow manure. Born a preemie and kept in a breadpan on the stove for a bit,  thought she had a chest cold when in high school & walked the 3 miles to school and back daily. In the 1930s, she found out she had TB scars on her lungs. She was the only one to graduate from college and teach, so supported her 5 siblings and families during the Great Depression along with the food the farms provided. She put up with me for nearly 40 years. She live to 96 and passed away, 'cause, well she was old and everything was giving out.

Who can survive all of that? Some did, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Re women's sanitary care: I had Kotex, but disposable diapers were only for traveling when my kids were born. If  I could slosh diapers in the toilet for 5 years, I guess it wouldn't be that hard to wash sanitary rags if we had to.

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« Reply #2332 on: February 18, 2014, 12:41:00 PM »
My friend told me once that as a girl, she told her mother: "I wish I lived in the 1800s.  I'd have those pretty poofy gowns, and have servants, and would be a lady."  Her mother looked at her and said: "Sweetie, that's not the lineage you come from.  You'd be working the fields barefoot in a potato sack."

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« Reply #2333 on: February 18, 2014, 04:59:54 PM »
Fast-forward to the 1970s, when I 'became a woman,' and mom bought me the pads that required a belt. She said the others were too expensive. I loathed those things!

Mom got those for me, too, in the late 70's, early 80's.  They were fantastic for overnight use because they didn't move around.  I used the regular kind during the day.

I was not allowed to use tampons while I lived at home...I wore those things all the time....they may not have moved around at night - but they would twist sideways or even upside down during the day while you were walking around school, sitting down, standing up, and bending over to put your books under your desk or get them out....

I didn't wear them again until after childbirth - when tampons are not allowed for medical reasons.  I didn't miss them...
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« Reply #2334 on: February 18, 2014, 05:41:25 PM »
When they are in court he and the prosecutor keep referring to each other as "learned", pronouncing both syllables. It cracks me up because it's sort passive-aggressive or sarcastic or whatever, but it's also because they do, in fact, have great respect for each other.

2 interesting facts for you.

1. Professionals at the bar table refer to each other as their "friend" if the person being referred to is a solicitor, and their "learned friend" if that person is a barrister.

2. For some reason, it is always pronounced "learn-ed" in this context.  Its not PA or sarcastic at all.  Its just how its done.

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« Reply #2335 on: February 18, 2014, 06:10:18 PM »
On the travel board where I hang out, there was a discussion of first aid for wounds when you are in the middle of nowhere. One person posted, quite seriously, that the best treatment was to rub the wound with soil, as local dirt would be full of bacteria & fungi that produce antibiotics against local bad germs.

Some of this should go in the Grossout thread, but, well, here it goes:

My MIL, farmgirl in northern Indiana in the early 20th century, said the best treatment for bee stings or horsefly bites was fresh cow manure. Born a preemie and kept in a breadpan on the stove for a bit,  thought she had a chest cold when in high school & walked the 3 miles to school and back daily. In the 1930s, she found out she had TB scars on her lungs. She was the only one to graduate from college and teach, so supported her 5 siblings and families during the Great Depression along with the food the farms provided. She put up with me for nearly 40 years. She live to 96 and passed away, 'cause, well she was old and everything was giving out.

Who can survive all of that? Some did, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Re women's sanitary care: I had Kotex, but disposable diapers were only for traveling when my kids were born. If  I could slosh diapers in the toilet for 5 years, I guess it wouldn't be that hard to wash sanitary rags if we had to.

I am so glad I live now!

I loved cloth diapers when my cousins lived with us (13 years ago aprox. Not long at all)

Because if I used the cloth then the disposables would last way longer, which meant more money for the things I wanted. (Mostly pens. Occasionally yarn. Lol) I didn't mind swishing them too much but I potty trained one cousin by telling him 3 was old enough to use the toilet and he's better figure it out or save his "deposits" for someone else's 'shift' because he could change himself for all I cared.

He never had a #2 around me again, even if someone else was technically responsible for his diapers at the time. He didn't "fully" train until 1st fade when the other kids started taunting him.

And Always Infinity pads are heavenly. I do NOT want to live in an era without them. I'm also fond of ibuprofen and my precious iPhone.

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« Reply #2336 on: February 18, 2014, 06:32:08 PM »
Midol, acne treatments that work, and a few of the other "modern miracles" already listed.  Good dentistry.  VorGuy is having three teeth pulled as soon as an infection gets cleared up...add insurance to help with medical and dental treatment costs to the list....
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« Reply #2337 on: February 18, 2014, 07:55:44 PM »
Housemate, bless her little cotton socks, believes every chain email that goes around.  I used to reply with the Snopes link, but I don't even bother these days unless she asks about whether I got it or not.

Yesterday she sent me the 'egg whites are miracle cures for burns!!!!!!!' one.  Sigh.

Guess I better not burn myself at home or she'll be making an omolette on me.   ::)

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« Reply #2338 on: February 18, 2014, 10:03:49 PM »
I've had fantasies a time or two about creating a "Jane Austen amusement park."  It would be everything that is fun and inauthentic about Jane Austen books.  In other words, everybody would rent a lovely little townhouse decorated in the Georgian/Regency style, and wear the clothes, and ride in carriages, and there would be balls and musical evenings and card parties, etc.  But you'd also have real bathrooms, heating, and people would bathe regularly, and the "servants" would actually bring the dinner to you from a central dining hall, rather than cook it in house.  All the fun of playing Elizabeth Bennet without any of the negatives, like lack of women's rights, medical care, and toilets.  :)
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