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Updated on February 13, 2017

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The Human Lavatory

London has always been famous for its historic Victorian public toilets, or loos as they are called in England. Recently a lot of them have been closed down and many, although bizarre, have been converted into flats or even restaurants. But back in 1190 AD there were no such thing as toilets or bathrooms.

Many people would just 'go' where they stood! In fact most people would simply relieve themselves in the corner of their living rooms or bedrooms.

Even out in the streets many people would just drop down to the floor and do their business in front of other family members or even strangers.

But there were a few ladies who tried to keep their modesty intact. And for that reason their came a strange character called the Human Toilet.

These men and women wore voluminous capes, usually black, and they carried a bucket. When you needed the loo, or john, you would go in search of these rather strange people!

The charge was one farthing. You then sat on the bucket while the the human loo would stand above you holding the cape around you! There is hardly any record or names of these rather strange toilet people, but one does still exist.

His name was Thomas Butcher of Cheapside. The reason why he is still documented? Can you guess? Yes he overcharged the poor recipients and received a fine.

Nobody knows whether he carried on his rather doubtful job, but I am sure there were many more to take his place. Lets just say that he knew his business!

Toilet Humor! Funny stuff.

The Bicycle Throughout History.

As you can see the bisiklet sounds more like bicycle, hence the modern term bicycle.
As you can see the bisiklet sounds more like bicycle, hence the modern term bicycle. | Source
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The Nodding Bicycle. The Velocipede.

These days inventions seem to come out all ready for the market. But back in history there was a lot of scratching heads, tooing and frowing, and of course the silliest inventions that made headlines but soon disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.

One of these was the nodding bicycle. Well actually it was the rider who did the nodding.

this was one of the most absurd inventions by a man named Anton Oleszkiewicz. He was said to be more English than the, well, English! Even though is name was of Russian heritage.

His invention was a new take on the velocipede, the old name for a bicycle. He believed that he could improve it by rather strange means.

He noticed that the bicycles didn't work very well, so decided that by using the whole human body, it would make the bike work better.

In 1889, he announced that his new invention the Winged Messenger would change cycling for ever.

He added levers and springs, working their way from the back wheel through the saddle and attached to a harness that went around the cyclists body.

On paper it looked rather good. Until it was first tried by the unsuspecting traveler. It took him over half an hour to strap himself in.

But that wasn't all. He then had to attach himself to the levers. Then came the bizarre but hilariously funny part.

The rider had to get up to the normal speed then start throwing himself backwards and forwards to make the bike go faster through the use of the pulleys and levers. In theory the action would make the wheels go faster.

Oleszkiewicz set up a trial day in London's Hyde Park. But it didn't go to plan. Onlookers were horrified to see these stately Gentlemen riding past with what looked like apparent epileptic fits affecting the riders!

Amongst the astonishment from the crowd, two cyclists fell of the back of their machines because they suffered severe motion sickness!

And to add insult to injury, there was no sign of extra speed!

Oleszkiewicz however, did not give up. He went onto trying his luck with a flying machine!

The Velocipede.

One of the first bikes that were named the velocipede.
One of the first bikes that were named the velocipede. | Source

History of the Bike.

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A Mousetrap On The Head!

Back in 1690 AD a new fashion began to take place. Women who had spent many centuries covering their heads suddenly found a new way to show off their hair. Not for them the simple style of the peasants. The fashionable aristocracy decided that they wanted large hairstyles and large they were given. But that was not good enough. Oh no.

So hair sculpture was born. And bizarre it was! First the hair would be piled up as high as it could possibly be. If it wasn't good enough then false hair was added. Then came the strange added contraptions such as plaster birds, ships made from wood, flowers or anything that the client would like.

To keep it all together, they would stiffen the hair with flour, chalk, and the most dangerous of all, arsenic powder.

They took hours to perfect, but were expected to stay in for weeks or months at a time.

So of course hair washing was out of the question, apart from not getting much sleep!

Of course amidst the filth of the day, mice and insects were a problem. Well, especially mice.

People could get used to fleas and ticks, bedbugs and rats. But the ladies bouffant magnifique' hairstyles were most important.

So, they came up with a solution. To save women from total humiliation while sitting in Church, or entertaining at home, they introduced the hair mousetrap!

Can you imagine the look on peoples faces if they saw a nest of mice emerge from the sweet smelling lady of the days hair piece? It was not the done thing.

The hair mousetraps, usually made of silver, were placed in the hair and around the woman's head while she slept. By the time morning came it was hoped that all the mice had been caught.

Of course there was a catch. What ever you do, don't move around in the bed at night. You may just catch your nose or other bodily parts in the traps!


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Historic, bizarre but genius too!

We may laugh at the inventions, fads and downright funny ideas that span throughout our history, but if it wasn't for these forward thinking people of the time we wouldn't have the magnificent inventions that we take for granted today.

All I can say is that thank goodness we now live in the age of enlightenment. But I still love watching the men and women who even today try to make the weird and wonderful come to life.


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Research London's Strangest Tales by Tom Quinn and other sources.

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      Very cool topic Nell! I enjoyed it very much, especially your first video. Very funny!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Heather, I just love all these weird and wonderful stories! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Jeepers, how thankful I am for today! Years back I read something too that women got like nasty sores all over their heads from these dos being in so long building up gunk!

      Thanks for an interesting read. Lots of laughs. ^

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An enjoyable fun read Nell. I'm just ever so grateful I wasn't around in the 17th century, I hate mice. Lol

      We are spoiled nowadays, we have it all so easy thank goodness for these inventors, crazy or not

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, lol! yes can you imagine it? I would start scratching after ten minutes, well, probably after 3 minutes! thanks as always Jackie, and great to see you, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Rosemay, lol! yes crazy as a bag of spanners as my son would say! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, Nell, I could not even imagine, lol! I am reminded here that I couldn't imagine living back in the days here in the US where they wore those huge southern belle dresses with corsets so tight they couldn't breathe and drug the ground in the 110 degree heat with all those petticoats underneath them.

      Whew, glad for the invention of air conditioning!

      Enjoyed the read and thanks for the laughs.

      Very interesting. Up ++++

      Have a lovely rest of the day, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      You learn something new everyday...Fun to learn about life gone by. Well done..Enjoyed reading this a lot.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Faith, yes those dresses! lol! can you imagine? No wonder women fainted all the time back then! Thanks as always, and I hope you have a great evening too, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi carol, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm big on introductions and hooking the reader, but in this case the title was all you needed for the hook....then we all got a bonus from a well-written article that was funny and fascinating. Well done Nell!

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      Sylvia 3 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      I love these kinds of stories! Thanks for a great read!

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great hub and I love the story. Good job, my friend and thanks for sharing with us. VOTED UP :-)

      Prasetio

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      Crin Forbes 3 years ago from Michigan

      Vespasian will certainly be offended for missing him in your short history of the loo....

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      What a fun article! Thanks for all the work you did researching and writing this Hub. Will there be a sequel? I can easily see your writing a series.

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Nell: LOL! You deserve a medal for the funniest and most unusual articles. I have never heard of the human toilet before. That is just too much! And the mousetraps in the hair. Here I thought those huge hairstyles were wigs they could take off at night. Who knew? Thanks for an entertaining piece!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, The video cracked me up. Where do you come up with this. I love it!! I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go but a man with a cape, no way hosay!! Hee...

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What an entertaining article, Nell! "Strange and Bizarre...." Those are certainly accurate words to describe the caped toilet person (ugh! what a disgusting job!), the overdone cycle with levers, springs and harness that gave the rider motion sickness and the months'-long hairdo that had to remain unwashed and required the wearing of a mousetrap to bed. (While reading that part, I found myself scratching my own head. Such is the power of suggestion.)

      Since modern conveniences are so commonplace they are often taken for granted, it is amazing to consider the primitive conditions in which people once lived...even the wealthy. If something isn't available, it doesn't matter how much gold you have. You still can't have it. Of course, no one else has it either, as no one's ever imagined it. Under those circumstances, ignorance is bliss.

      Bravo, Nell! Terrific hub....

      Voted Up, Funny and Interesting

      Jaye

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Very funny and entertaining, as well as a reminder of how people really used to live.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      What a delightful read! The wigs I knew about but the toilet bucket carriers are new to me, I guess this is why London was known as the big stink, those beautiful women with the big hair didn't smell so good either, I can see why they needed such a lot of smelling salts :). I really enjoyed this, nice work.

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Nell, interesting hub. We really don't know how lucky we are do we? And I do wonder whether the toilet person emptied the bucket between customers lol! I'll never complain about the loos at Paddington Station again. As for mice in your hair eeek!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      What an interesting story Nell. We are lucky nowadays. I can´t imagine making my big business while somebody is smelling it. To think about the mices coming to my "perfumed" hair is horrible. Thanks for sharing this enjoyable hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Nell, I do not know how you come up with all of these so very unique hubs. I am quite pleased that I did not live in the 1100"s. I can not imagine a big caped person or the bucket. Can you imagine how misearable this must have been in cold, rainy weather? I enjoyed you hub as usual.

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      just helen 3 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      This is one of the best hubs I've read in ages and I would love to recommend it as HOTD! Anyone know how to do that?

      May I add a London occupation from times past? Do readers know that some people made it their life's work going onto the River Thames at night searching for corpses? They then plundered them for anything they thought sellable - ie gold jewelry, teeth, hair etc. Teeth and hair were made into dentures and wigs for the rich. Can you imagine that? Wearing dentures made from the teeth of corpses? Yuk!!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks helen, oh yes I do remember that! In fact we live by the river Thames and my aunt used to tell me stories that even back before the second world war a guy would go out on the river with a rod and hook to get the bodies out if there were any! lol! of course by then it was the help the poor guy and see if he was still alive! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Lol! thanks billy! glad you liked it! we were a funny lot back then!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Human loos? I'd never heard of that, but I guess it's better than peeing behind the open car door on the side of the road! :-)

      This is a fun, yet educational hub, Nell. Now where did I put that mouse trap?.....

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Loved this Nell Rose. I had no idea!

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello again Nell. Long time no see (been busy with book 3 and all manner of 'admin').

      Then along came Thomas Crapper, so it's said. I remember seeing one of these Monty Python films (can't remember which one) where a character sat on a ledge at the back of his shack on a lakeside. Below - where his 'torpedoes' dropped - was a foetid mess that harboured a creature of sorts that nabbed him as he sat. You can imagine the soundtrack.

      In a programme by Dan Snow (Channel 4 I think) called 'Filthy Cities', he described life at court in Versailles. The ladies used to squat in a corridor or a corner of a room because they couldn't be bothered scouting for the privy. Pigs used to wander the galleries as well. Paris itself got so bad with the drainage problem the population rose up and had a chopping good time with Louis and his kin. That bit about the 'cake eating' was just the last straw.

      As to the bikes, well, what about the 'boneshaker' that had no pedals? You sat on a saddle and pushed yourself along. Didn't last long, even the Penny-farthing was more of a 'goer'.

      Then the mousetrap in the hair-do. I saw a film made by Al Pacino called 'Revolution' about the fighting between us Brits (and some uppity Hessian - German - troops) versus the locals. Some of the women wore ship models in their hair, suitably adorned with Union flags (as they were then, minus Paddy's cross) and even castles. Looked a bit top-heavy, I'm surprised the women didn't suffer neck/back ache.

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      Weldon Jewellers 3 years ago from Ireland

      lol, what a great hub! voted up, and still chortling away to myself.

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      Peter Geekie 3 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you Nell for another well written and researched article. You see we in Britain led the world in pretty much everything, including personalised toilets.

      Voted up and interesting

      Kind regards Peter

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Nell Rose.

      What a collection!!! Who would of thought there was ever a Human Toilet...o my.

      And the hair...wow. It would take forever to get ready to go somewhere if we had to do this!! (There was a young girl who wore a huge "bee hive" hair do...she had long hair which she had teased unmercifully and wound into a bee hive shape. She wore it that way every day. She had to have all of her hair cut off as roaches made their home in the hive.)

      I would imagine these ladies of long ago removed their hair do when returning from whatever event they had attended. This was very interesting and entertaining. Angels are on the way.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi pstraubie, lol! roaches? yuck! great to see you, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi pras, great to see you! glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading forbcrin, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! Hi Daisy, yes there probably will be! thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, lol! great to see you, and yes we were a funny lot back then!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi ruby! lol! yes that video was hilarious! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      HI Jaye, lol! I did a bit of scratching too! and yes ignorance was definitely bliss back then! thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks DreamerMeg, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi tobusiness, bucket loads of smelling salts! lol! thanks for reading!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Hypno, ugh! that's a thought! lol! me neither! any toilet will do! lol!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Thelma, lol! yes horrible isn't it? thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Pamela, freezing! lol! and yes embarrassing! glad you liked it and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi warrior, lol! so true! you can borrow mine if you like! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks duffsmom, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi alan, great to see you! I saw that programme by Dan snow too! lol! and yes back in paris, ouch! thank goodness for the pigs I say! yes those head things must have weighed a ton! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! Thanks Weldon, great to see that it made you laugh!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Peter, yep we did! lol! mind you some of the stuff we invented has disappeared, and thank goodness for that! thanks for reading, nell

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Loved this hub, Nell! Thank goodness we have potties these days. I love the mile high hair with everything but the kitchen sink in them. I read that they used to sleep sitting up. Now I guess we know why. Fantastic, entertaining, amusing hub! Voted up, more, and sharing.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Nell. Talk about strange, but true. I read this with both amusement and a little shock – I never knew any of this. Truly fascinating hub, Nell. I wonder, centuries hence, what the world will say about us, and our habits and culture.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh Nell you are such an interesting writer!!wherever do you get your inspiration from? ..this one is such a hoot..just love that human lavatory idea & maybe it could still be useful on long journeys when travelling and you need to stop by the side of the road & go:) might look a tad weird to the passing motorist right lol..you know over here in oz loos are called dunnies, well used to be in times gone past..great hub VUAI& Funny of course..cheers

      Ps not too sure about the mouse traps though..he he

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Congrats, Nell. You made the weird wonderful with this hub. I was entranced from the 'crappy' beginning to the 'hairy' end. Thanks for the fascination and the fun. Voted up, y'know. Cheers!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Nell, what a delightful, funny - and informative - assortment of odd ideas and practices. Actually, some of them were pretty much practical for their time and place, though I'd think that one could get a cape & bucket, just perform as one's own 'human toilet' and skip the 'middle man' ! hahaha! You've written it all so well!

      I'm not a bicyclist, was never allowed to learn, so these weird inventions look only slightly weirder than a 'regular' bike,- say a 10-speed mountain bike and those cross-country ones that cost almost as much as a small car! I'd sooner just walk it. But I suppose any contraption invites efforts to improve it and rake in the moola for the effort, huh?

      The hair - ah yikes - how nasty! Do you remember the bouffant, teased hair styles in the late 50s & into the 60s? (or were you still in your crib or a twinkle in your dad's eye?) Anyway, my lovely niece, who was in High School then, spent nightly hours on hers. She couldn't bear going without regular shampoos, so this ordeal was literally every night, nearly all night, and almost consumed her time and attention, though she still managed to be voted most beautiful, most popular and all that. I guess she managed to pass her courses, too, since she went on to college, but one wondered how she worked it all into her schedule!

      I've enjoyed the 'behind-the-scenes' interviews and information about the making of "Downton Abbey'. The gals in it admit that getting into the corsets & gowns, which had to be changed for each part of the day by women of that time, plus getting the hair-dos done was such a chore, they were not surprised that women of the early 20th century had little time for anything else - such as championing women's rights or pursuing independence!

      Thank you for an entertaining and interesting hub!

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      So funny and interesting Nell. My head is itching though with thoughts of those mice.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub Nell Rose very interesting facts, a useful hub and such an informative topic, well done on your title.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi DDE, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      HI Sue, lol! yes me too! can you imagine sitting in Church and a mouse suddenly appearing on top of your head? lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Nellianna, great to see you. I often find the modern bicycle to much to handle too! lol! I have fallen of a number of times, so whether its back in the day or today, I would rather keep off them. As for the hair I am lucky that I was only small when those large 60s hairdo's were in fashion, its so much easier these days! I watched the Downton Abbey behind the scenes too, and once again I think we are so lucky to live now! lol! phew! so much hard work! now its just jump in the shower, comb your hair, apply makeup and then we are off! thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi drbj, lol! love the way you put that! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi carter, I just love anything weird, strange or downright silly! lol! can you imagine that dunny on the side of the road!? lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Genna, that is so true! they will probably say that we did the strangest and weirdest things! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Flourish, Aw thanks so much! are you sure you don't want one of those ships in your hair? it will look so fetching darling! haha! seriously, thanks as always, nell

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      How interesting! I was so amazed about the human loo, I need time to recover before I can read about the rest. Lol! This letting go inside homes was apparently also the reason why kings had a couple of palaces and castles - to give time and air the opportunity to get rid of the stench. But I believe many people were born with instinctive shyness... I think I am ready to romanticize......

      I am so glad I am living in the current millennium....

      Will be back soon.... :)

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Great hub, wonderful stories and a read i thoroughly enjoyed, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Martie, yes back then people moved from castle to castle so that the servants could give it a big clean! and yes me too, glad I live now and not then! Yuck! lol! thanks.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Mike, glad you liked it, nell

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Nell, strange and bizarro, but very interesting! It was a hoot to learn about these odd and crazy inventions. I cannot imagine holding still for half an hour just to get seasick on a bicycle!

      Amazing stuff, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++++

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All great material, Nell! The loo boy, though reminds me of a Monty Python skit, you know the one I mean? What was it called, The Pith Boy, or something?

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fascinating hub, Nell. What strange customs people had in the past! Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      The weird and wonderful! A perfect description of this hub. Bed bugs to head bugs...as always you did your homework and we got to enjoy a taste of history we don't usually find in history books.

      Its easy to see why I love to follow you, your sense of humor and your choice of subjects. You're a girl after me own heart!

      Voted up, useful, funny, interesting, and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Wow! You did a lot of research for this Hub! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this Hub!

      I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great and fun hub, Nell. It is amazing to learn what people of past times did to "improve" their life. Very good research and images in your hub. Well done, Nell.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      You always present such interesting hubs.

      Very cool topic. I am so glad hair fashion has moved on!

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      Fascinating stuff. I never would have thought of such a thing as a human toilet. I kind of feel grateful that technology has made it so I don't have to do my business in the street. This kind of stuff truly fascinates me, thanks for the great read.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks guys, still not feeling so good, I will be back to read tomorrow, I really appreciate your reading, thanks.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I hope you are feeling better soon Nell x

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much, yes its really getting me down now.

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      Laughing all the way to the toilet. Voted up across the board and sharing.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Haha! Thanks Sue! just mind that cloak!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lots of interesting stuff here. Look how far civilization has come!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wow- most information that I did not know. Thanks for sharing this enjoyable hub!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi MsDora, yes that's so right! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks epbooks, glad you liked it, nell

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      What A very interesting hub=) intelligently made, how i wish i could write like this =)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Ken, lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Ok - The mousetrap in the hair. Genius! I have never heard that before. Whenever we see movies about certain eras everyone looks so clean and fresh for the most part, but I don't want to imagine what people really smelled and looked like. Great hub. Voted and shared.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Nell, GREAT article! Voted up and all across, shared on FB as well. Such an interesting hub and subjects. This was so funny and you always making it interesting Nell, such a talented writer my dear. Well from the "loo" to now, we've certainly came a long way, hey? I always wondered why early bikes had one large tire and one small. Enjoyed this one very much Nell, best wishes always:)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I could NOT imagine just standing there 'doing my business' in front of other people, or with someone hanging over me with a cape. This is so funny... thanks for the great read!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Wiccan, lol! me neither! can you imagine?....yuck! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi lyric, lol! yes that loo! the pennyfarthing bike was hilarious, I wouldn't even be able to get on that! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Glimmer, yes I know, amazing isn't it? the smell back then must have been atrocious! lol! thanks so much, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Amazing hub, so interesting and mysterious!

      You are the best in writing about these topics. I can understand, how much research is required to write on such topics.

      Enjoyed it completely. Thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Aw thanks so much! glad you enjoyed it, nell

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Nell-Rose,

      This is an extremely interesting and funny hub. I never imagined there could be a human toilet or mousetraps in women's hair. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I have been in situations before when I would gladly pay someone to stand over me in a long cape to protect my modesty in order to "do my business".

      This Hub is just so much fun to read. Voted up and sharing all around.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I suppose I should stop complaining about my job now that I have read about the human toilet! A fascinating and entertaining read. Voted up and more, sharing.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Crystal, lol! yes I get your point, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! thanks mary, yes me too! long time ago though, but I still remember the embarrassment! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Paul, thanks so much for reading it, and sharing, nell

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      Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

      Oh, loved this Nell! Super fascinating. I would SO wear a mousetrap in my hair! LOL.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi kitty! I know I would too! I discovered these crazy things in a fantastic book and they make me laugh so much its hilarious! the funny thing is that we made all these great inventions from the strange beginnings above, great to 'see' you, and thanks!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh Nell what a great read and what a great teacher and story teller you are. Here's to many more and wishing you a great day .

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, Aw thanks so much! lol! Great to see you, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, Aw thanks so much! lol! Great to see you, and thanks!

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      Kathi 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh my Nell . . . I just never knew about the toilet habits of our recent ancestors who have been shown to us as a dignified race, but yikes! Glad times have changed! And the women's hair sculptors worn months at a time having to set mouse traps . . . that part is unimaginable! Nevertheless, I love learning about this kind of stuff in history you would never find in a history textbook! Awesome!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi kathi lol! yes those hair sculptures make me itch just looking at them! glad you liked it and thanks as always, nell

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      These stories kept me laughing to the end! Who knew that about the toilet? or the bicycle, or women's fashion? Now we all do! What is it about women's fashion that it almost always seems to be synonymous with torture?

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi cygnet, lol! yes even these days it takes ages to get ready, can you imagine back then? nightmare! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Nightmare? Exactly.

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      mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Excellent but weird info, NR! Thanks for sharing. Great vids, too.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi mythbuster, lol! yep its certainly that! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Speaking of forward thinking people...you're the tops! I have to admit I always wondered about those ladies and their elaborate hairdos. I can't imagine sitting still long enough to look like that never mind attracting all the little creatures!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! thanks mary! yes those hair pieces! thanks so much again for reading, nell

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. It makes me an instant follower.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much JP, glad you liked it, nell

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Nell,

      I am wigging out ( ouch) at how humorous and thought provoking this is.

      You really have a gift for weaving a fascinating story, no matter what the subject...true to your promise these tales were indeed strange and bizarre.

      Voted UP and all the way across. Hugs, Maria

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Maria, wigging out? LOL! yes people were very strange back then, but I think they probably still are just got to find them! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well, you've done it again, Nell! Crafted an article that is as humorous as it is informative.

      The history of the loo was quite funny; that video was the cat's meow.

      The hairdo history is simply, well, hair-raising! Ugh! I can't even imagine such shenanigans..and not being able to wash the hair for a month or more?? Double-ugh!

      Voted up, interesting and funny.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi lizzy, lol! thanks for reading, yes I am glad I live today too and not back then, double ugh!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This was so cool! Loved this Nell--DzyMsLizzy says it all actually--hair-raising!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! thanks Audrey, yes its so bizarre! Imagine having a mousetrap in your hair! thanks for reading, nell

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Nell, of all the crazy things to write about, and then to make it interesting - well, you're a wonder! One thing I never could figure out is the silly wigs men wore in London and in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War. You always see pictures of our founding fathers in wigs. And they talk about the woman! lol

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Ann, lol! yes those wigs! and they were filthy, full of lice and fleas, yuck! I remember reading how they powdered them to make them smell better! glad you liked it, and thanks again, nell

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh what a brilliant share Nell; there aren't enough buttons to do it justice here . You are so talented and also inspiring. Voted up, across and shared.

      Enjoy your weekend ad hope the weather isn't being too unkind to you ! Lots of love from over the border.

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Eddy, hope you are keeping dry there we are not to be where I am but there are floods around us in the next towns! have a great weekend!

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      It wasn't hard to decide which of these inventions was the worst. The mousetrap in the hair was pretty awful, but better than having vermin live in your hair.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Very interesting hub! Mouse traps in the hair...yikes! I would have never thought that would be an issue! Voted interesting.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! thanks Dolores! yes can you imagine? you wake up and find something wandering around in your hair, and guess what? it's a mouse! er yes I think I will keep the mousetrap! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Bk, lol! yes its pretty weird isn't it? thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Joanna McKenna 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great stuff, Nell! For what it's worth, women hadn't learned much about hair hygiene 150 or so years later. I just finished a bio of Anthony Trollope, one of whose pet peeves in the mid-1800s was the "abominations" women attached to their heads (hair pieces, falls, etc) after slicking their own hair back with very smelly grease. Once "greased and pieced", shampooing was out of the question for days (or weeks)! Ewwwww...

      As for the toilet practices, is it any wonder so many waste-bourne diseases were rampant back then? ;-}

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, Jama! long time no see! lol! that sounds really interesting, Anothony Trollope is a name I know well but to be honest I don't think I have ever read his work. yes those abominations! lol! that says it all, doesn't it? thanks as always, nell

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      Joanna McKenna 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I hadn't read any of Trollope's work, either, but am about to change that with his "Barchester" series and go from there. Problem being he introduced or recycled many of his characters in an odd book that wasn't part of a series, so you practically have to read them all to get the background on the main ones. I am, however, looking forward to getting to the "Parliament" series in which he takes all sorts of witty shots at (recognizable) MPs of the mid-1800s. ;-}

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Jama, you have got me interested now, I will have to go and take a look too. I don't like having gaps in my knowledge about someone, especially someone so famous! lol! thanks again, and have a great day!

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      Joanna McKenna 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      In that case, I recommend you first read Victoria Glendenning's wonderful bio of Anthony Trollope, then move on to the first Barchester book, "The Warden", then "Barchester Towers". You're welcome! Enjoy! ;-}

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Jama, that's a great idea, I do need to know more about him, so that sounds really interesting, I will go and take a look, thanks again, nell

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      Joanna McKenna 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      And I'm off to find a book about Roundheads and Cromwell! ;D

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! its fascinating stuff Jama! enjoy your read.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Wow! Reality is so much weirder than fiction, isn't it?

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      lol! that is so true Tolovaj! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Human toilet.....am I the only person that had a Mel Brooks The History of the World flashback when reading that?

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! Getit! yes something like that! We did the weirdest things back then, oh can you imagine? yuck! thanks for reading, nell

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      A really interesting, entertaining and informative hub. After reading about the human toilet I don't think I will complain about my job again!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Smile, lol! no me neither! can you imagine it? how awful! lol!

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