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Fey Hag

Child rearing

Sitting in ra waiting room at ra Hospital a wee while back I listened to Mothers discussing hyper active children.

I sat very quietly reading  until one of the young women turned to me & said, "How did you manage in your day?'.
One of the older nurses passing slowed to hear my reply.

I said "We didnae have hyper active children. We had Castor Oil."

Stunned silence; while the older nurse rushed doubled over hand to mouth out the door.

They didnae bother me agen.
Celyn

You are Mussolini and I claim my 5!   Laughing

Quote:
... In Fascist Italy under the regime of Benito Mussolini, castor oil was one of the tools of the blackshirts.[43][44][45] Political dissidents were force-fed large quantities of castor oil by Fascist squads. This technique was said to have been originated by Gabriele D'Annunzio. Victims of this treatment did sometimes die, as the dehydrating effects of the oil-induced diarrhea often complicated the recovery from the nightstick beating they also received along with the castor oil; however even those victims who survived had to bear the humiliation of the laxative effects resulting from excessive consumption of the oil.[46]

It is said that Mussolini's power was backed by "the bludgeon and castor oil". In lesser quantities, castor oil was also used as an instrument of intimidation, for example to discourage civilians or soldiers who would call in sick either in the factory or in the military. Since its healing properties were widely exaggerated, abuse could be easily masked under pretense of a doctor's prescription. It took decades after Mussolini's death before the myth of castor oil as a panacea for a wide range of diseases and medical conditions was totally demystified, as it was also widely administered to pregnant women, elderly or mentally-ill patients in hospitals in the false belief that it had no negative side ..


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cast..._of_intimidation_in_Fascist_Italy


Sounds as though it would W***, all right!   Shocked
Fey Hag

Shocked   Puir wee Benito; he must have had a richt vicious Granny to make him think of that as punishment.
Heidy

Ah hiv alweys advocatit that weans shuild be sedatit till ther at least 25 an then slowlie brought roon tae bein sivilised by reglir beatins............ Twisted Evil
Ygraine

I remember reading the beginning of M M Kaye's (She wrote The Far Pavilions and THe Ordinary Princess) autobiography. She was brought up with her sister in India and they had a sadistic Nanny who would give them a large dose of castor oil every morning and then take them on a long walk so they were desperate for the toilet well before they finished the walk. The Nanny was so intimidating, neither sister dared tell their parents what she did to them and it was a long time before she was found out and dismissed. M M Kaye suffered with bowel problems all her life because of this woman.

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