Throwing-the-baby test, Normandy

(Peter Goble) #1

A man in the local bar explained a test of Norman provenance which seemed to involve throwing a baby on a roof, to see whether it would stick in place, or slide off. Presumably a thatched roof, I didn’t have the vocabulary to enquire, and had consumed 50 cl of Leffe.

He said if it stayed accroché it was Normand, if it slid off, not. He kept a straight face throughout.

Any further light in this novel approach to patrimoine would be welcome. Or any other entertaining or unusual cultural practices in your locality ditto.

(Elisabeth Morgan) #2

I’ve heard this joke with Portuguese (from my best friend who was born in Portugal) : you throw the baby on a wall, if he sticks to the wall, he will be a mason, if he falls on the ground, he will be a tile fixer !

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(Peter Goble) #3

LOL :joy: more in similar vein, please!