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Bedlam! [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... :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frfBLKQ9mxE&mode=related&search=gay%20harry%20and%20ron

Chipmunk Christmas song Harry Potter style.
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[User Picture]From: maudelynn
2006-11-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
there is an insane aslyum here in wa state that has coined a phrase for looney bin too
lemme find it for you
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-03 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: maudelynn
2006-11-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Thanks love!!!
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-11-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ahh. Attics and cellears. :) Imprisonment that goes way back in time.

And :P! Ewww.
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[User Picture]From: doppelgagner2
2006-11-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
:( That's horrible.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-03 09:52 pm (UTC)
It is.
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[User Picture]From: my_badgers_27
2006-11-03 09:58 pm (UTC)
Omg. The Harry Potter thing was hilarious
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-03 09:59 pm (UTC)
I thought so. :)
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[User Picture]From: frontdoorangel
2006-11-03 10:52 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-04 02:09 am (UTC)
Most likely.

And then mass.
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[User Picture]From: troubleinchina
2006-11-03 11:22 pm (UTC)
Do you know where the idea of being "Barking Mad" came from?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-04 02:09 am (UTC)
I do not.

Did you want me to look it up?
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[User Picture]From: troubleinchina
2006-11-04 02:28 am (UTC)
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? :)
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2006-11-04 03:30 am (UTC)
LOL i never thought I'd see slash to the Chipmunks.

(i love that christmas song!)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-04 05:19 am (UTC)
Glad to assist in slashing things up for you. ;)
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