I have heard that millionaires read at least one non-fiction book every month. Wanting to live like a millionaire I can start with my reading habits. So this month I read this book.
I now know why outhouses have a crescent moon on the door. Would you like to know why? Just send me $20 and I’ll tell you. It’s my way of becoming a millionaire –
Okay, I’ll tell you for nothing because you are my friends.
During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries trade in between towns and cities in Europe increased and roadside inns were built to serve the needs of the travelers. The finer inns began offering his and her outhouses. Because so many people were illiterate, symbols were used on outhouses to show which was which.
From ancient times, the sun had been a symbol of all that was masculine and the moon of all that was feminine so they were an obvious choice.
During hard economic times inns reduced the selection to only one outhouse and since men could use the nearby woods . . . so only the moon was left. Oh, and a crescent moon was used because if a full moon had been used it would have been the same shape as the sun. Duh.
Now you know. You can dazzle your family at dinner tonight with the depth of your knowledge.