Bats, Beer, and Conjugal Relations!: WeWriWa 11/12/17

Historically, bats have been used for some pretty strange things. This week, for my WeWriWa snippet, I thought I’d share a little known secret about bat blood.

When most people think of famed Roman scholar and naturalist, Pliny the Elder, they picture large mugs full of foamy beer, not bats. It’s perfectly natural, after all, Pliny was the person who realized that the wild plants growing near his home was a type of hops which he named lupus Salictarius. But Pliny enjoyed many things, including sitting up late at night, possibly while enjoying a nice beer, and watching bats and talking to his friends about their love lives.

Pliny must have spent a great deal of time worrying about how his buddies faired with the ladies and at some point he observed something about bats, no one knows exactly what, that made him go, “Ah Ha!” He called his friends to him and told them that if they really wanted to improve their conjugal relations with their wives, they needed to catch a few bats. After accomplishing this task, they were to take a single drop of clotted bat blood and slide it under their lady love’s pillow while she slept.  Upon waking, the woman would be so overcome with passion, she’d rip her lover’s toga from his body and have her wild way with him.

Despite my best efforts, I wasn’t able to determine if this was a long term solution to problems in the marital bed, or if the guy needed to procure a fresh drop of bat blood whenever he wanted to get lucky.

This snippet was taken directly from my upcoming release, 60 Beautiful Bat Facts, which is coming out on January 8, 2018. If you have a kindle, feel free to pre-order your copy today! Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out the other authors participating in this week’s WeWriWa blog hop. If you’ve written a book, starting Monday, you can sign up for next week’s hop and post an 8 sentence snippet to your blog and start connecting with friendly, supportive, fellow authors.

 

 

 

41 thoughts on “Bats, Beer, and Conjugal Relations!: WeWriWa 11/12/17

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    1. 😄 Thanks. I’d never heard of Pliny either which is a little surprising since he was a prolific author. He was an equestrian, figured out how to survive Nero’s reign, and died, somewhat mysteriously, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. If I ever have time, I’d love to dig deep into his life.

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    1. I haven’t a clue, but I think he was well enough respected that a few probably followed his advice. Which makes me wonder how their spouses responded to finding the bloody mess under their pillow.

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    1. I’ll admit that I still worry about them getting caught in my hair, primarily because my hair has a mind of its own and could quite possibly lunge out and grab the bat. It’s the curse of the perpetually frizzy hair.

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  1. Bats are wonderful. 🙂 We try to watch the sunset every evening up the lane during the summer. We get to see the bats come out. Little Pennsylvania Brown Bats. But their population is declining–like so many other bats. I wish there were more of them. They eat of a lot of undesirables. 🙂

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    1. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of bugs the past few summers and suspect that it’s due to how hard the bat population has been hit by White Nose Syndrome.

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  2. I was a Classics major, and I always enjoyed reading Pliny. He had a sense of humor. I’d never heard this tidbit though. And, I do like bats! I keep saying I want to add a bat house to our yard to encourage them to eat more of the mosquitos around here.

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