One last little bit of trivia from the 1500’s

Most historic trivia derives from Europe and so most of what I’ve been posting comes from England.

*England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. 

  

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. 

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on  the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. 

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen  for the bell; thus, someone could be, 

“saved by the bell” or was “considered a dead ringer.” 

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