Weird math

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Explanation: in the game of Pétanque, when you lose 0 to 13, you have to kiss the "Fanny."

Origins:
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)

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4 comentarii:

Lew said...

IN my town (south France) ther is a statue who represents a huge ass woman, wen you lose at "boules" you have to kiss her bottom...

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, an ass...

Here I was thinking "I've got to start losing badly at Pétanque now."

Simon Besteman said...

Pagnol mentions the tradition of kissing the ass of a wooden "fanny" in his memoirs, in the Marseilles area in the late 19th century, at least 25 years before WW1. I grew up in the South West and the tradition existed there too, and was already old when I was a kid.

Anonymous said...

I would have to lose all the time.

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