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MatC
50058.  Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:34 pm Reply with quote

When a young gentleman went on the Grand Tour, one item generally found amongst his luggage was a live piglet. When he arrived at his night’s lodgings, he would put the piglet in his bed. By the time the young master came to retire, the bed would be warm - and, more importantly, the inevitable and ubiquitous bed bugs would be full, so not needing to feed on the human.

(At least, that’s what he told the magistrate).

Source: BBC Radio 4 programme “Human Hosts,” 17 November 2005.

All sounds pretty unlikely, admittedly, and I haven’t been able to find any other mention of it yet.

 
eggshaped
144164.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:02 am Reply with quote

Mat, here's another place which recounts your bed-bug story.

Quote:
During the 19th century, gentlemen going on their Grand Tour would typically take a pig with them while staying at hotels - sending the animal up into the bed so it could be bitten, before getting in themselves.


Interestingly it also uses the phrase "grand tour" which makes me think it comes from a common source.

 
MatC
144177.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:32 am Reply with quote

Thanks, Egg. I think "Grand Tour" was the usual phrase for a long time, to describe what might now be called a "gap year".

 

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