Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Explanation: in the game of Pétanque, when you lose 0 to 13, you have to kiss the "Fanny."
It would appear that this tradition started in France's Savoy region, far from the sunny South! The first Fanny was a waitress at the café de Grand-Lemps, just after World War I. As legend would have it, she was so kindhearte that she would allow customers who had lost a game of boules without scoring a single point to kiss her... on the cheek. This went on until one day the village mayor lost a game and came to collect his "prize". No one knows whether Fanny had a grudge against hime and wanted to humiliate him, but we do know that she stepped up onto a chair, lifted her skirt and offered him... her fanny! The mayor was up to the challenge though, and less than a second later, two loud kisses resounded through the café. This was the beginning of a longstanding tradition...(La boule bleue)