Have you ever had someone blow smoke up your ass? Yeah, me too . . . all the time . . . oh,wait . . . no I haven’t! Not ever!
There was a time, in fact, when it was a bona fide medicalpractice for a physician to literally blow smoke up his patient’s ass. I swear! You cannot make this stuff up.
The practice was known as a ‘tobacco smoke enema’. It was common in the mid-18th centuryuntil the early 19th century as an acceptable method of artificialrespiration . . . kind of like CPR but instead of blowing air into the lungsthey would . . . well, you get the picture. But just in case you don’t quite get it . . . the procedure entailed(get it . . . tail . . . hehe) inserting a rectal tube into the anus.
The tube was connected to a fumigator andbellow that forced the smoke into the patient’s bum. There were, of course, other more personal methods of introducing the smoke in to one's derriere.
Why, pray tell, would a doctor want to poof smoke into atookus? Sounds like a Clinton/Lewinsky thingwith necrophilial undertones to me . . . but that’s where my mind goes.
The purpose was used to resuscitate drowning victims. Supposedly, the stimulating effects of thetobacco combined with the warm smoke would encourage the person to startbreathing. Surely, if someone blew agust of cigarette smoke into my fanny, I’d probably take a deep breath . . . andthen smack the crap out of the whoever was administering the treatment.
Of course, this came at a time when it was common to usemercury to cure syphilis and morphine/opium compounds to quiet obnoxiouschildren.
The use of tobacco smoke enema’s fell out of favor when itwas discovered that the chief component in tobacco smoke is a cardiac poisonthat can stop the circulation of blood . . . you got it . . . nicotine.
Yes it can kill you. Substances are rapidly absorbed at a higher concentrationwhen passed through the intestinal walls . . . which is why the youths of todayare giving each other alcohol enemas to get drunk faster . . . but that’s awhole other topic.
Anyway, the effects of the procedure dubious at best. Hence . . . the evolution of blowing smoke upone’s ass coming to mean to lie or to tell a falsehood.
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
1 1/2 Teaspoons Pepper
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dijon-Style Mustard
1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
In a quart container, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, and Dijon-style mustard. Pour in the vinegar, and mix vigorously until well blended. Store tightly covered at room temperature.