Dick Yanking?

I saw this term in the title of a historical piece and had to read….surely this term meant something different than what my mind came up with…..seriously ‘dick yanking’?

You know the old saying ‘learn something new everyday’?

I did just that!

For as much as modern life can suck, it’s always good to remember how grateful we should be not to have lived in other, worse places at shittier times in the past. For a good example of this, consider what it was like to get a divorce—and have a bunch of people pulling on and inspecting your bits—in medieval England.

An article called “The Distinguished Medieval Penis Investigators” from Narratively explains just how awful the process of divorce could be for the 14th century English. In order to end a marriage, women of the time had “few grounds” other than to claim their husband was impotent—and to prove it before a court through some really creative experiments.

The article cites an annulment case from 1370 where a woman “filed for divorce … claiming that her husband was impotent.” To make her case, she produced a witness before a church court. The witness said he saw the pair “applying themselves with zeal to the work of carnal intercourse” in a barn and that, even with the husband’s brother looking on and (sorry for the detail) helping out by literally lending a hand, the husband’s “rod was lowered and in no way rising or becoming erect.”

The church court would also consider evidence from “the defendant’s friends and neighbors,” who would perform “physical inspections of genitals and breasts… to determined impotence, virginity, and pregnancy.” Married or widowed women or sex workers “might be tasked by the court with inspecting the man’s genital equipment, or they might expose their breasts and genitals to the allegedly impotent man, give him ale and tasty snacks, kiss him, and rub his penis in a warm room to see whether he became aroused.” While “ale, tasty snacks” and a handy in a warm room might not sound so bad, other divorces entailed even more invasive forms of junk-assessment.

One of the other cases mentioned in the article is from 1433. In a divorce recorded that year, a bunch of people got together at a tavern to check out the wiener quality of a guy named William as his marriage fell apart. “One Robert Lincoln testified that William placed his ‘manly rod’ in his hand,” we learn. “On another evening, three men examined William’s ‘secret manly members’ at a friend’s house. They also gave his penis rave reviews, often comparing it to their own. One testified that he himself had fathered 10 children and that ‘William’s was better in length and girth than [my] rod ever was’. Another reported that William Barton had ‘large and fit testicles…’” Some of the women involved disagreed, with one testifying that “his rod was of no value.” We can picture William, moping at this comment after his dick had initially received such glowing public praise.

Read the entire piece

Now aren’t you glad I had to foresight to include this in today’s posts?  That I wasted my time reading it and you did not have to?

I do what I can to expand my readers historic knowledge…..

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Another Can’t Fix Stupid

It is Sunday and I am always amazed just how stupid Americans are about history….especially those that want to help rule the country….

I am referring to the Senator-elect from Alabama, Tommy Tuberville.

This is his reason for the US fighting in World War 2……

“It’s concerning to me that a guy can run for president of the United States and have an opportunity to win when he leans more to a socialist type of government, you know, one-payer system in health care, raise taxes 20 percent, when the other half the country is basically voting for freedom, let us control our own lives, stay out of our life,” said Tuberville, a former college football coach. “You know, as I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism.”

Think about that for a moment…..

Did you spot the stupid in that statement?

In case you are confused…..

In World War II, the United States was fighting against the Axis powers, which were mostly right-wing fascist governments. In fact, Americans fought alongside the socialist USSR as allies.

I guess he took too many hits to the head….or maybe his bad knees go all the way to his head…..either way….

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Hamilton You Don’t Know

The Musical Hamilton has brought attention to one of our founding fathers….but all the glitz and toe taping tunes does not truly give a proper look at the man…..Hamilton (the Show not the man) won 16 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer…..but that means little about the man……

Leave it to the Old Professor to point out the hidden truths……

Alexander Hamilton, “uncompromising abolitionist”? Not according to a new research paper that depicts the celebrated Founding Father as a slaveholder for much of his life, the Guardian reports. “When we say Hamilton didn’t enslave people, we’re erasing them from the story,” the paper’s author, Jessie Serfilippi, tells the New York Times. “The most important thing is they were here. We need to acknowledge them.” Serfilippi based her work on documents at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany, NY, the former home of a slaveholding family Hamilton married into in 1780. She argues that Hamilton not only helped clients and family members buy slaves—which is already well-documented—but owned enslaved people in his home.

Serfilippi points out mentions of slave-holding in Hamilton’s correspondence and his cash books. In one case, Hamilton appears to have paid $250 for “2 negro servants purchased … for me,” while another cash-book entry refers to Hamilton getting $100 for the “term” of a “Negro boy”—which “absolutely indicates that Hamilton enslaved the boy,” writes Serfilippi. Not all her evidence is new, but it’s turning heads at a time when America is reckoning with its painful legacy of slavery. Serfilippi’s work also contradicts more recent depictions of Hamilton: Ron Chernow, whose Hamilton biography inspired the hit musical and called him an “uncompromising abolitionist,” said Serfilippi’s research was “terrific” but omitted “all information that would contradict her conclusions.”

There even about 70% of Americans that think Hamilton was once a president of the US……

Alexander Hamilton was many things—a bastard from the Caribbean, the founder of the Bank of New York, the father of the US Coast Guard, and the first Secretary of the Treasury, to name a few. But the man who died in a duel against Aaron Burr at the age of 49 was never president of the United States. And yet most Americans think he was, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis report in the journal Psychological Science. “About 71% of Americans [in our survey] are fairly certain that Alexander Hamilton is among our nation’s past presidents,” one researcher says. “Their confidence in Hamilton having been president is fairly high—higher than for six or so actual presidents.” The 326 participants were given a list of 41 actual presidents alongside 82 “lures” and told to pick out the presidents and say how certain they were of each answer.

Then there is the man that killed Hamilton in the duel, Aaron Burr….a vice president that few Americans know of at all.

Aaron Burr, in full Aaron Burr, Jr., (born February 6, 1756, Newark, New Jersey [U.S.]—died September 14, 1836, Port Richmond, New York, U.S.), third vice president of the United States (1801–05), who killed his political rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel (1804) and whose turbulent political career ended with his arrest for treason in 1807.

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