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Mysterious Symbols: what do they mean?



The answer is below in extended.



It's a bill that was presented for a job of plastering in the days of illiteracy in England. How the symbols should be read:

Two men for three quarters of a day, using 2 hods of mortar, and 10 shillings the cost. The bill was paid, as indicated by the hanged man, for that is final.


I found this in a 1937 Ripley's Believe it or Not cartoon, which isn't a very reliable source, and I haven't been able to find where Ripleys got it from. So perhaps take it with a grain of salt.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 11, 2012 | Number of Comments: 9
Category: Quizzes
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Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/11/12 at 08:50 AM
2 People using windows xp choking little man? LOL
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 11/11/12 at 09:43 AM
Good weed?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/11/12 at 09:45 AM
@Expat ... yup ... come visit and enjoy some... it smells like pine trees and is very sticky cool hmm
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/11/12 at 11:25 AM
You didn't store up any corn silk this year?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/11/12 at 11:56 AM
No corn silk Expat. Although it can "snow" any day you'd like it ohh
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/11/12 at 12:45 PM
how to catch a bird ... rolleyes
Posted by tuned on 11/11/12 at 02:19 PM
You've been over to Patty's house, haven't you?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/11/12 at 10:36 PM
You would have to be plastered to get that!
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