Modern World History 3.8 Working Class Just Wanna Have Fun

How did the working class spend their free time? Would they be sad they missed out on Netflix, or would they pity us for the amount of times Netflix has had to check to see if we're still alive whilst binging? 

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Marie Antoinette's fabulous dresses and gambling excesses on the other hand [Man walks into a dress shop]

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couldn't even dream about putting their feet up and playing some Legend of Zelda

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at the end of the day you know despite fact that it hadn't been invented yet [Worker playing video game]

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they worked they ate they slept they err, sorry that was about it, that's all they did and

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yeah the peasantry had sundays off but mass was basically mandatory and keeping [People at mass service]

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up with an elderly priest muttering in Latin does not a vacation make seriously

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that was one spring break we should have planned a bit better the Industrial

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Revolution eventually changed all this but only after it was done using heavy

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machinery to main small children as machines took over tasks that workers [Children working on heavy machine]

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had labored at in the past and as government's put the kibosh on

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ridiculously long workdays people suddenly discovered they had a little [clock rapidly ticking forward]

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time in the evening between finishing supper and going to bed initially there

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was panic then folks started asking the eternal burning question now what? turned

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out the answer was soccer or sports anyway rules of modern-day soccer were [man on a soccer field]

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set down in England in the 1860s rugby was an offshoot of soccer for guys who

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love pain and scaring the heck out of the opposing team by doing the haka on [rugby players performing the Haka]

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the field before the game as for cricket the first international match took place

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in 1844 played by actual crickets, okay maybe not don't don't write that in the [cricket players transform into crickets]

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essay it was also during this era that people discovered the concept of going

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out with that little bit of money left over from payday workers could go to the [workers shopping]

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seashore or to a fair they can also go to the pub that home away from home that

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bastion of civilization and security that will be all we have left when the [zombie eating an arm]

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zombie apocalypse finally arrives, at least that's a lesson we learned from

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Shaun of the Dead finally with the invention of free time regular people [Man sitting down in a chair]

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could at last sit down and really think about things they wrestled with

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questions like how can I avoid visiting my wife's family this [Man in bed blowing his nose]

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Christmas how is it possible for my upstairs neighbor to have such heavy

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footsteps and how can my mates and I get together and overthrow the capitalist [Canon fires]

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system on the whole the workers of the Western world liked this new concept of

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free time all they lacked was a subscription to Netflix to make

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everything perfect [Miner covered in coal]