June 29, 2005

"Egyptians ate lettuce to boost sex drive."

That's what it says here. Something to do with the god Min, who is "invariably depicted with a large, erect" -- and probably lettuce-y -- penis.

15 comments:

SippicanCottage said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Even if it's not stuck in your teeth, have you ever noticed how unattractive people are when they are eating salad?

Meade said...

If you keep reading, you'll find that it might have more to do with those shirtless sweaty male Egyptian lettuce pickers than the phytochemicals in the lettuce.

Ann Althouse said...

Lmeade: Jeez... that photograph didn't make me "feel calmer."

Meade said...

Ann: You gonna eat the rest of that salad?

Simon Kenton said...

A woman of my acquaintance contracted breast cancer, and decided to heal it the natural way. No knives, radiation, chemotherapy, none of that Western scientific stuff. The cure was to be produced by a base diet of specially prepared, very expensive wheatgrass juice, along with supplementary condiment herbs.

At the time I first saw her, I was unaware of the cancer. She came to a garden party in a somewhat tight, clingy blouse. A part of the treatment was that the affected breast had to be un-braed at all times, and on occasion wrapped in cabbage leaves.

Man is weak. One specific form of weakness is that he looks. I looked. I never saw anything in the ordinary, garden-variety breast way quite like her. So, one man, one vote, and I vote: lettuce, cabbage, they are not ever going to be aphrodisiacs for me, no matter how administered. Why, even a poultice of sauerkaut wouldn't work.

(Ut's been a year. She's still alive. The tumor apparently waxes and wanes, but is still present. So the evidence is not in, yet, on the efficacy of the natural cure.)

Ron said...

ohhhh...head...of lettuce. Now I get it!

lindsey said...

Doesn't a guy with something lettucy on his penis have an STD?

Ann Althouse said...

"Something lettucy on his penis"? I did not need that image.

I was just thinking yesterday how awful people look eating salad -- just because they look so picky and prissy... and now...

lindsey said...

Hey! You're responsible for the image!

"Something to do with the god Min, who is "invariably depicted with a large, erect" -- and probably lettuce-y -- penis."

Ann Althouse said...

Whoops!

Ron said...

ladies, ladies no need to fight...plenty of lettuce for everyone...

MarkT said...

I always thought the produce department was holy, what with all that lettuce spray. But if lettuce is hot, cabbage is cool - The Korea Baseball Organization banned players from wearing cabbage leaves inside their caps, after a pitcher's cap fell off twice in a game, revealing frozen cabbage leaves...he was using the vegetables to keep his head cool. (Link) Which goes to show - if you must wear your vegetables, keep it under your hat. Or armpit, I guess.

Ann Althouse said...

Don't bring in cabbage. My cabbage-blogging day was back here.

MarkT said...

By darn, you really did cabbage-blog. I wonder what else I'll find around here. Well, I am glad you turned over a new leaf.