||[Nov. 3rd, 2006|01:35 pm]
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In the eighteenth century, patients in the insane asylum of the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London were placed in cages and exhibited to curious onlookers like animals at a zoo. A popular afternoon’s entertainment consisted of visiting the inmates of this institution and taunting them with sticks, rocks and burning missiles. It is from the name of this asylum, commonly called “Bethlehem” that the word “bedlam” is derived.
And completely unrelated... :)
Chipmunk Christmas song Harry Potter style.
there is an insane aslyum here in wa state that has coined a phrase for looney bin too
lemme find it for you
i cannot find it ... i stink
but i did find the origin of skid row
which is seattle related
Just because you're on Skid Row doesn't mean you've bottomed out. You can still go downhill from there—if you're standing at the crest of Yesler Way, a steep street once known as "Skid Road" and later "Skid Row." Lumberjacks used it as a ramp for sliding timber to a sawmill until the mill burned down in 1887. By the 1930s, the street had morphed into a place for the down-and-out.
That was then. Today, Yesler Way, a hip street that preserves elements of Seattle's past, is ideal for strolling. The most interesting section cuts along the edge of Pioneer Square, a 25-square-block district graced by dozens of restored buildings, stylish galleries, and restaurants. Walking west toward the water, you'll pass Smith Tower, which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1914.
Interesting! Thanks love!!!
Its precisely to avoid that kind of cruel treatment that my family has traditionally locked our crazy relatives in attics or cellars.
Although as long as I wasn't related to anybody there, that sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday. Especially if they sold churros.
Ahh. Attics and cellears. :) Imprisonment that goes way back in time.
And :P! Ewww.
Omg. The Harry Potter thing was hilarious
That is awful, but I still laughed. I guess it's hard to imagine that kind of thing being "entertainment". I wonder if they topped the afternoon off by going to a nice, good hanging.
And then mass.
Do you know where the idea of being "Barking Mad" came from?
I do not.
Did you want me to look it up?
I was in Barking relatively recently and thought it might be related, like Bedlam, and I'm not sure. God, I'm tired. Do that thinky thing for me, wil you? :)
LOL i never thought I'd see slash to the Chipmunks.
(i love that christmas song!)
Glad to assist in slashing things up for you. ;)