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History of the Home

October 13, 2010

Have you ever wondered what the hall in your house has in common with the Halls of Montezuma, or Study Hall? Or what the terms cupboard and “room and board” have in common? Author Bill Bryson has a book out that covers the history of the evolution of our homes. Bryson explores how the inventions of such menial things as concrete, chimneys, and electricity have radically changed how we live in our homes.  Did you know prior to the invention of indoor plumbing it was normal for an outhouse to have more than one seat? – allowing for more than one person to use it at a time – which reminds me of SNL’s old skit, Love Toilet, but I digress.  Bryson explores the role salt and pepper shakers have in history, the place farm yard animals had in the home, and where terms like “make the bed” come from.  Here is a radio program with the author discussing his book.  Fascinating stuff that will give you pause to consider the next time you use the bathroom.

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