For this episode of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle discuss the finer points of marriage and divorce. The joining of two hasn’t always been about love. In fact, when love wasn’t so much of a factor, the rate of divorce (or separation) was much lower. Have a listen and get in touch with Dan or Lyle with your thoughts and comments.
There was a time when marriage was not much more than the joining of two families for either political or financial gain. The bride’s family may have offered a dowry of land and animals to the groom as a gift. There was even a time when separation was as easy as getting together in front of about 7 people and saying “we’re done.” Well, it may have been a bit more difficult.
Last Show’s TRIVIA Question:
Where does the phrase Three Sheets to the Wind come from?
A: (source, en.wictionary.org) The ‘sheet‘ in the phrase uses the nautical meaning of a rope that controls the trim of sail. If a sheet is loose, the sail flaps and doesn’t provide control for the ship. Having several sheets loose (“to the wind”) could cause the ship to rock about drunkenly. Before settling on the standard usage of “three sheets”, a scale used to be employed to rate the drunkenness of a person, with “one sheet” meaning slightly inebriated, and “four sheets” meaning unconscious
This Show’s TRIVIA Question:
Who was the first same-sex couple to get married in America?
Links and references
We used a lot of sources for this show. There is information absolutely everywhere. Here are some of the things we found: