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kleinbl00  ·  635 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking

My wife's comment upon hearing the description of Snapdragon was "why are there not college kids playing this all over?" A brief perusal of youtube makes it look fuckin' awesome.

It's worth noting that much victorian literature has a shit-ton of exaggeration built in, particularly when the author disapproves, so the whole "country bone setters" thing is kinda like Jimmy Swaggart talking about rock music. Remember - this is a culture without aspirin, antibiotics or germ theory. Injury was a bigger deal back then.