And so they say, manners could go a very long way for many people. Civility is so neglected by most that meeting a decent person nowadays is a very surprising experience. That popular quote from the Kingsman movie is right, “Manners maketh man.”
However, oftentimes, people give too much credit to the people of the past when discussing manners and proper etiquette. With a pair of rose-tinted glasses, it’s pretty easy to mistake the red flags for normal flags. Want some proof? Check out these old fashioned manners that thankfully, our society have decided to leave behind for good.
1. Passing out to convey how you feel.
One of the clichés you normally see in films set in the Victorian era is the shtick that includes female characters losing consciousness when hearing about terrible news. If you believe that it’s just an act of exaggeration, then you’re wrong. It’s actually one of the norms for the women back in the day.
According to Victoria Bates, passing out is a part of the Victorian etiquette. It’s actually a showcase of modesty and femininity for the women. Furthermore, in an article in the Journal of Victorian Culture, Bates stated:
A simple loss of consciousness was the blank canvas onto which witnesses projected their own concerns about appropriate female behavior and particularly emotionality.
2. Cleaning up your hands using the dinner table.
Nowadays, using anything but hand wipes and handkerchief as a means to clean your dirty hands is considered tasteless and unhygienic.
However, according to a report from the National Geographic, back in the Renaissance age, medieval folks used table clothes as means of cleaning their dirty hands. Furthermore, the report also stated that forks were considered feminine utensils.
3. Dueling to solve majority of conflicts.
Back in the days, one of the most important things in a man’s life is his honor. Before the dawn of social media, when someone insults you and smeared crap on your honor, you seek blood to settle the score.
Instead of Tweeting about the offense, most men back in the day settled their scores using pistols and swords. According to Don Seitz’s Famous American Duels “code duello,” spats were settled through honorable duels. Fortunately, it could also be averted if the offender apologizes beforehand.
4. Suppressing your smile when photographed.
If you’re wondering why your grandparents’ photographs reek seriousness, it’s because they were supposed to be that way.
Back in the day, cameras weren’t instant. They were slow and complicated. In order to get the best result, it was recommended back then to stay still and in order to avoid movements that risked blurry pictures, people often settled with neutral expressions.
Furthermore, according to some reports, higher class people also considered grinning to be a part of lower class norms.
5. Dinner parties in bed
If you’re pretty proud about your breakfast in bed, then you got to up the ante because back in the day, people had dinner parties in bed.
According to Shelby Brown’s notes, people of the ancient Greek didn’t use tables and chairs for eating. Like those ancient Greek drawings you often see, they preferred the reclined position when eating. During gatherings, they’d often fill the room with beds with little tables on the side for their foods. Furthermore, Brown’s notes stated:
They propped themselves up quite high on pillows and kept their balance by bending their right knees and bracing them against the left (and probably by leaning against the wall, when necessary), this pose requires a flexible waist!
Well, that sounds… uncomfortable. No wonder people stopped doing it.
12 Extremely Strange Practices Of Our Ancestors
They certainly didn’t like taking baths back then.
While history is undoubtedly fascinating, there are things about the past that are rather strange. Generations before us had their own beliefs. They possessed their own understanding of the world and how things worked, and they engaged in practices that to us may seem weird now but to them were just fine back then.
Below, we list just 12 of the strangest things our ancestors did. Which one stands out to you?
1. Using heroin to cure cough
The Interesting History Behind Columbia Pictures’ Iconic Torch Lady
You’ve seen the logo hundreds of times but do you know the story behind it?
If you are a movie fan, then you are surely familiar with the logos of different movie companies. When we see a castle, we know its Walt Disney while we’re sure it’s Paramount when we see a mountain. Warner Bros, on the other hand, features the iconic shield while DreamWorks shows us a boy fishing as he sits on the moon.
Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable logos in the film industry is Columbia Pictures’ which prominently features a lady that probably reminds people about the Statue of Liberty, more or less.
So what’s the story behind this logo and who is that lady? Well let’s turn back the hands of time and find out!...
Researchers Discover Ancient Viking Burial Fabrics with Name of Allah Woven into Them
This discovery suggests that Viking funeral customs were influenced by Islam.
Allah's name has just been found embroidered into ancient Viking burial clothes. Swedish researchers describe this breakthrough discovery as "staggering."
The silk patterns on the fabrics were first thought to be ordinary Viking Age decoration, but a closer examination by archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University revealed they were a geometric Kufic script. The script was found woven on bands and clothes, in two separate grave sites.
The discovery suggests that ancient Viking funeral customs were really influenced by Islam and were not just a result of plundering and eastward trade.
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