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A small man with a big…umm…heart

Behold, Matthias Buchinger (1674–1740) (or Matthew, as he lived much of his life in Britain), the proverbial man with no arms and no legs. Well, he had bits of arms and legs, but no hands and feet. He had little kind of flippery things.

…with which he played a half dozen musical instruments, was a crack shot and loved to build ships in bottles. He was also an accomplished magician, conjurer and card sharp. He made his living as an artist of insanely detailed engravings.

He engraved this self portrait, and if you look very closely (not in my little jpeg, obviously) you will see that the ringlets of his wig are composed of tiny Bible verses.

Oh, also he was married four times, had at least seventeen children by at least eight women, but was rumored to have fathered brats by seventy different ladies. He was so well known a cocksman that the 18th Century vajayjay was popularly known as Buchinger’s boot (which explains the smirk on his face).

What have you done today, Mr or Ms Smarty?

Dead Pool! Tomorrow! Six WBT! Be here!


Comment from Nina
Time: July 12, 2012, 10:54 pm

Nothing that interesting, but I’m off to visit in laws in Birmingham for the weekend, does that count?!

Naw, becoming a naughty byword is way more impressive than that. 🙂

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 12, 2012, 10:58 pm

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Um. No comment on Mr. Buchinger, however. Just. No. Comment!

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 12, 2012, 11:12 pm

Makes me feel inadequate.

Usually I just feel uncertain, doubtful and fearful.

Comment from Bruno Braun
Time: July 13, 2012, 12:22 am

I could have done that, but my arms and legs held me back. Plus, I can’t think of any bible verses.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: July 13, 2012, 1:45 am

WOW! That is a real man!

Comment from PatAZ
Time: July 13, 2012, 1:46 am

Oh, and it rained in the AZ desert today. A rare happening.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 13, 2012, 5:27 am

It’s been 45 days since the rain fell here in Wisconsin.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 13, 2012, 7:31 am

It’s rained quite a lot here in Humberside, and I ain’t complainin’.

But…ladies…what is it about ladies that get it on with random deformed fellas? Did he just have a good come-on line? Exceedingly well endowed? Sterling technique? I’d assume that a fellow with no arms and no legs would need a bit of help, if you catch my drift, ahem. What’s the appeal?

I don’t get it. 🙂

Comment from Mike C.
Time: July 13, 2012, 8:48 am

Okay, that’s an odd one, even for here…

But could he have figured out this insane software I’m stuck with on his own? Huh, huh, huh? Bet not…

Comment from Nina
Time: July 13, 2012, 9:43 am

Snort. 🙂

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Comment from Beyond Bibb’s Store
Time: July 13, 2012, 4:03 pm

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Comment from Noelegy
Time: July 13, 2012, 8:23 pm

Of course, I can’t remember her name right now, because the book in which I read about her is at home, but there was an Englishwoman in the 1600s, Sarah something or other, who also was born without arms or legs and who was an accomplished painter of miniatures. She was married, but I don’t think she had any children.

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Comment from Nieta de Bob
Time: July 17, 2012, 6:17 pm

yeah… I don’t get why someone would be attracted enough to to him do the nasty with someone like that.

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