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DID YOU KNOW? - Charming - July 29, 2021

Fun Victorian factoids to delight and impress!


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Aldous Crouch - July 29, 2021

As clocks and other timepieces were expensive, working class folk who could not afford to rise with the sun could employ a “knocker-upper” to tap on their windowpane at a scheduled time. Knocker-uppers would work through the night and into the early morning.


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Aldous Crouch - July 29, 2021

While morning washes were the norm (particularly in the middle and upper classes), body odour was still a concern. Women could use detachable pads of fabric in the armpits of their dresses to absorb the worst of it—and save their dress from ruin!

Talc, ammonia, and vinegar could also be used on parts of the body prone to smelling.


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Emma Binns - July 29, 2021

Night soil men were employed to go house to house carting away human poop in the dead of night! They would load it on all onto large carts and drag it through the streets. They were government employees, so even the poorest areas had the services, even if they couldn't always keep up.

For wizards I'd guess someone goes through poorer areas and vanishes the poop from a bucket at the back door.


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Sisse Thompsett - October 22, 2021

During the Victorian era, knitting became a staple of a well-bred woman. Queen Victoria is even reported to have been a fan of knitting herself. It was during this time that knitting wasn’t just restricted to plain yarn fabrics, but changed to involve bead and lace knitting.

- https://brownsheep.com/a-quick-history-lesson-on-knitting/


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Roberto Devine - November 12, 2021

The first documented prank phone call was in 1884. And was done to undertakers.


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Basil Foxwood - December 22, 2021

An infamous and secretive eighteenth-century duelling club, which called itself The Silver Spears, was reputed to admit only those who owned aspen wands. ...Aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for revolutionaries. -- wand woods, by J.K. Rowling


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Aldous Crouch - January 3, 2022

In the 19th century, almost 200 doctors in Britain alone were accused of homicide, many using poison to kill their victims. Unlike your average Joe, they could acquire large quantities of various poisons without arousing suspicion.


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Clarissa Cosgrove - January 11, 2022

A combo of Did you know's I discovered when looking up a thing for a thread! The Thermos!
"While we generally use them to keep our drinks hot, vacuum flasks were invented by James Dewar in 1892 to keep things very cold."
"Dewar was interested in cryogenics, the science of extreme cold and in 1898 he was the first person to make liquid hydrogen, which at the time was the coldest substance ever produced."


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Nephele Lestrange - April 6, 2022

'I've got the morbs' - is a term from about 1880 referring to being under temporary melancholia


RE: DID YOU KNOW? - Elisabeth Rose - May 5, 2022

After the Marriage Act of 1835, it was illegal in England to marry the sister of your deceased wife. This law was brought to Parliament for possible repeal in 1856, 1858, 1859, 1870 & 1871, but was not repealed officially until 1907.