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Old English graveyards - spooky.
Do you know the legendary tale of the "Dead Ringer" from English Graveyards?
This may not be accurate - but this is the tale the way I have heard it explained.
Pewter mugs replaced wood in the mid 17th century. Drinking wine in these
pewter mugs produced a chemical reaction that caused a paralysis in some
individuals. There would be undetectable breath or heart beat. Thinking the
individual was dead, they would prepare for a funeral - only to find the person
sitting up and walking away during the ceremony - scared the heck out of
There was so much concern, they would bury individuals with a string tied to
their hand in the coffin leading up out of the ground to a bell. If they heard the
bell ringing, they would dig the fellow up.
The phrase, "you are a dead ringer for someone" meant you looked just like
them - or you are the same person they dug up.
Two other folk phrase originate from the Dead Ringer.
1. Graveyard Shift. They would employ someone to spend nights in the
graveyard to listen for the bells ringing. This became associated with the night shift at factories.
2. Smoke the Mirror. Early medicine did not have a clear method of determining if
someone was actually dead. The would feel for a pulse and place a mirror by the
mouth. If the mirror was smoked the individual was breathing. So, in a vulgar
way, if you wanted just anyone for the job you would request just anyone who
could "Smoke the Mirror".
So much for my old english tales.
Master, I have been listening for the bells!
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