Need a Christmas gift for someone who has everything? I bet they don't have one of these.

Don't ask me how we got on this subject, but at some point off mic yesterday, Kat and I started talking about horses when she made the revelation that there are people in the world that make canes out of their manhoods (or is that horse-hoods?). Color me shocked! And a little nauseous.

To find out more, I did what everyone does this days when they need info on the most random things, I Googled it. Lo and behold, a search of "bull penis cane" brought up over 1.3 million hits.

While I couldn't find any "hard" evidence (pun completely intended!) of the cane's origins, say from a university or other education based website, I did stumble across this description from rauantiques.com:

The use of the organ as a cane or staff dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it in the creation of Was scepters, symbols of power and authority that represented the goddess Wosret, an early guardian deity. Many hieroglyphs depicting various Egyptian gods and pharaohs show the figures holding a Was scepter. Even legendary "Wild West" figures, such as Doc Holiday, Bat Masterson and Jack Dempsey, are believed to have owned these intriguing canes.

Waste not, want not, I suppose

Excuse me?? You need my what?!?! (flickr, Just a Prairie Boy)

So how are they made? That too was a bit difficult to find out. I found a few different message boards that offered a variety of options, but the basic gist is this; retrieve the cane material from a deceased bull (unless you're really adventurous and want to try and take it while it's still alive), clean said member thoroughly, then insert a metal rod down the center. This provides the strength needed to support someone's weight. From there you bend one end of the "cane" and soak it in some type of preservative, one reply on a message board suggested formaldehyde, then hang it out to dry. Finish it off with a few coats of varnish or shellac, and BOOM! You have a conversation starter for your next get together or soiree.

Talk about grabbing the bull by the horn. (ZING!)

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