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Old 10-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future
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November's free eBook from the U of Chicago Press is
How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians
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How to Do It shows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives. Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the manuals offered suggestions such as tying a tourniquet around your husband's left testicle. Or should you want to goad female desires, throw 90 grubs in a liter of olive oil, let steep in the sun for a week and apply liberally on the male anatomy. Bell's journey through booklets long dismissed by scholars as being of little literary value gives us a refreshing and surprisingly fun social history.
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Oh dear me. I see men all over this forum cringing and crossing their legs as they read that little blurb!

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Oh dear me. I see men all over this forum cringing and crossing their legs as they read that little blurb!

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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In fairness to the men on the forum, I found a nasty little section about how to tell if an unborn baby is a boy or girl.

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Or else try inserting roots of aristolochia (birthwort) in a honey-soaked wad of uncombed wool into her vagina, leaving it there from early morning until noon; then put it in your mouth. A sweet taste means a boy, sour a girl; if it tastes neither sweet nor sour, then the woman is not pregnant.
Now I'm cringing and crossing my legs!
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Always up for a bit of wincing -- clicked on the link.

People who cringe and scissor their limbs reading the quoted entries on this thread should try looking at the photos in ReSearch #12 (Modern Primitives). Now there's a book I'd rather not peruse again. My friend heard me groaning all the way down the hall.

Thanks for the notice, though!

Edit: In case you're curious.

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The tourniquet advice seemed like the sort of thing a couple would buy into if they had six kids all the same sex, not much knowledge of science, and a great deal of desperation.

I wondered more how anyone would believe that eau de week-old grubs could attract anyone, or whether you'd want any of the resultant attention. Maybe the zombie legends actually come from Renaissance Italy.
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