Alternative events in history

How long do people in the 17th century take a shower?
Since the Middle Ages, many people think that bathing is an unhealthy behavior that causes disease. Some people even think that bathing is a crime. Europeans in the 17th century did not care much about hygiene. They rarely took baths; they were also washed by the richest people. These rich people use wooden or copper baths, and there is a fire in front of the bath; the bath water is heated in the kitchen and then sent to the building by the servant in the bucket.

The soap at the time was very expensive, and even if it was used, it could only be applied to the face, neck and hands, and occasionally to the feet. Therefore, people of that era naturally have a strong body and a stench in their mouths. In order to cover up the body odor, the ladies will have a bag embroidered with delicate patterns on the waist, which contains spices. In fact, the advent of perfume is to cover up the unpleasant body odor.

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was regarded as a cleansing by her contemporaries, because she took a shower and was too diligent to wash it once a month! However, people in the Elizabethan era are very particular about other things, such as combing their hair and cleaning their nails every day.

Castilla Queen Isabella (1451–1504) had sponsored Columbus’s voyage to discover the New World; she was also said to have boasted that she had only showered twice in her life: once at birth and once It was before marriage.

Why did British lawmakers escape the parliament building in 1858?
London in the 1950s was a rather disgusting place. Whether it is a street or a river, there is a lot of dirty water everywhere. The dirt from the sinks and toilets of thousands of households is directly discharged into the Thames through old drainage pipes, and most Londoners also drink water from the Thames. As a result, many people get sick and others die.

The long summer of 1858 sent a stench to the streets of central London. At that time, London was nicknamed “Big Smelly City”, and Londoners were also called “Smelly and Bathing.” The population in the city is seriously over-standard and the sanitation situation is a mess. The summer of 1858 was extremely dry, the river evaporated a lot, and the river’s water level dropped again and again, causing the filth that drained into the river to rush into the sea. As a result, the Thames became an open-air culvert. In the past few years, the public’s saliva, domestic garbage, slaughtered meat from slaughterhouses, animal carcasses, chemical chemicals in factories, and even the bodies of dead people were all lost to the Thames. The smell is unbearable and can be heard far beyond 60 miles (about 97 kilometers). The fish in the river gradually died, and a group of purple-red creeping tubeworms gathered on the banks of the river. To withstand the stench, sanitation workers poured a few tons of lime into the river, and the windows of the parliament building were hung with lime-soaked curtains. But the stench is getting stronger and stronger, and the lawmakers finally escaped from the building. Finally, a heavy rain dispels the heat and the river returns to normal water levels. This stench prompted Congress to take action, appointing Joseph Bazergett to rebuild London’s drainage system and move the sewer exit away from the city. The drainage system designed by Bazelget is the same as other projects in the same period and is still in use today.