Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Or wear some stinking merkin for a beard

I come across some pretty weird stuff on the interwebs.  One such bizarrity is a merkin. 

The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this word was that I thought it was something like a murse . . . you know, a man-purse. 

Holy cow, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Like I said . . . weird stuff.

So, what exactly is a ‘merkin’?  I can tell you it is not related to man bags.   If you really must know . . . read on. 

My first stop was a dictionary.  It seemed a logical place to start.  Merkin is an artificial hairpiece.  But not for a head . . . what it is is a  . . . ugh . . . a pubic wig.  Yeah, you read that right; a pubic wig.

Basically, a merkin is a wig for women with no pubic hair.

About 300 years before the discovery of penicillin, loose women with a penchant for indulging in fleshly pleasures and got themselves a raging case of the clap had no way to cure the cooties.

One popular treatment was the application mercury which, among other things, caused the hair  . . . uhm . . . down there to fall out.  Other venereal diseases caused nasty sores.   So the ladies of the night would use merkins to hide the problem from their gentlemen customers  . . . that and adulterous wives would use them to hide their problem from their husbands.
Also, improper hygiene was commonplace; therefore, lice was a big problem.  An effective treatment was the removal of all body hair . . . including down there. 

Obviously, its embarrassing not to have pubic hair . . . I mean, you never know who might see what you’ve got going on down there.

Nowadays, strippers who work in places where full nudity is not allowed will don a merkin so that she will not be completely nekkid.

Merkin . . . now you know.  Maybe you wish you didn’t but it’s too late now!

Bailey's French Toast

Bailey’s Irish cream adds a ka-powie to French toast . . . and when made with cinnamon bread  . . . zing!

4 Slices Cinnamon Bread
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Irish Cream
1/8 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla

Mix together the ingredients.

Soak the bread in the mixture. It should soak up everything

Cook over medium until golden brown.

Plate and serve with the topping of your choice . . . and that should be a pat of butter and real maple syrup!


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