Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

JoAnne Schmitz (
Fri, 20 Sep 1996 16:01:16 GMT (Ian A. York) wrote:

>In article <>,
>Dave Wilton <> wrote:
>>(Germania XXIX, 59) to the practice formerly prevalent of planting
>>or engrafting the spurs of a castrated cock on the root of the
>>excised comb, where they grew and became horns, sometimes of
>>several inches long. He shows that Ger[man] 'hahureh' or 'hahurei'

>I've heard of this practice several times before, always in explanations
>for the meaning of "cuckold". Does it sound completely bizarre to anyone
>but me? I mean, why stick spurs on something's head? Just for fun? If
>so, why just castrated cocks - why not the standard variety? Anyone seen
>this done? (I know there aren't all that many capons running around these
>days, but if this practice was really so prevalent for so long, it must
>have persisted somewhere.)

Just for fun. After all, if you could easily transplant a cat's
tail to its head, lots of people would do it just to see it
there. No accounting for tastes.

Wasn't there a guy who transplanted a goat kid's horn to the
middle of its forehead, removing the other, so he could exhibit
his "real live unicorn"?

If indeed the capons are not likely to fight, then maybe they
don't need the spurs. You wouldn't do it to a cock that might
get himself in trouble and then have no way to defend himself,
not realizing that he has no spurs.

JoAnne "my boyfriend was spurred by a rooster once and his uncle
had that bad boy for dinner the same night. The rooster, that
is." Schmitz

JoAnne Schmitz