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(Other post coming soon, but mules weren't getting enough love.)

Pliny the Elder thought you could break mules by feedng them a lot of wine. I guess that's one way of doing it.

Also he has a hilarious recipe for a love charm that involves plucking three hairs from a female mule's tail. While she is, um, having sex. I suspect that one didn't do this more than once.

ETA: As hyenas and Cicero are currently even, the next post will be on hyenas. With possibly crocodile dung tossed in for good measure. No word on whether Cicero ever used it, but as it was used in rouge and Cicero doesn't strike me as a man to use rouge (though as there is a little evidence that some orators used to paint their faces for court, perhaps he did).

Date: 2011-04-02 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
I think a drunken mule would be relatively easy to control, at least as long as it was still standing.

And yay! Upcoming hyena (and croc) info!

Date: 2011-04-02 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Easy to control, but not very usable. At least for the uses you usually require a mule for.

Date: 2011-04-02 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lage-nom-ai.livejournal.com
Drunken mules FTW! That would be great.

And for reasons that don't need explaining at this juncture, I discovered that there are tons of videos on Youtube of horses (and donkeys) having sex with MILLIONS OF HITS. Millions. So maybe people are still researching how to best pluck some tail hairs.

Date: 2011-04-02 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
And for reasons that don't need explaining at this juncture

Indeed. I bet that's what they all say... :p

Date: 2011-04-02 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxymoron67.livejournal.com
Drunken mules... I just imagine them stumbling around.

Date: 2011-04-02 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Yes - I don't think Pliny thought that one through.

Date: 2011-04-02 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
Would the breaking be permanent once the mule got over its hangover?

Well, by doing that, you would definitely be showing your determination in making sure your love charm actually worked.

Yeah for hyenas and crocodile dung! (And I'm looking forward to hearing about Cicero, too.)

Date: 2011-04-02 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Well, Pliny does say you should do this often, so I think he might be thinking of this as a semi-permanent condition.


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