Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History

Ick! Yuck! Eew!: Our Gross American HistoryIck! Yuck! Eew!: Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do you ever reminisce about the good old days? Ever wish you lived back then because it seems romantic and easier than today?
Do you wonder why bathrooms are still sometimes called powder rooms?

It's not because women "powder their noses" with cosmetics in them. It's because in the days when people wore wigs they had a separate room where they literally powdered their wigs white and the powder got everywhere. It was a messy, yucky process and the wigs often had lice in them. These are the kinds of fun tidbits you learn reading this book.

On page 20 they talk about flies being so plentiful and bothersome that people had to put out fly strips. But the dead ones would pile up and have to be swept up at least 4 times daily in the summer!

This reminded me of the 2 or 3 awful summers here in central Texas when weather made it good hatching conditions for insects and yucky black crickets were everywhere! They piled up like crazy outside of HEBs (our local grocery) because they were drawn by the parking lot lights. Their smell (yes they have a smell O_O) was disgusting, and so was trying to simply get to your car or inside the store without getting the nasty creatures hopping on you lol. So gross!
Ick! Yuck! Eew!

This is EXACTLY the kind of book I wanted to read as a kid. And as an adult, I thoroughly approve of the book making history relevant, more accurate, and not as sanitized as a Disney film. This should be required reading for kids in schools:)

This book was a library copy.

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