Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Woman goes to emergency room when potato used as a pessary sprouts in her vagina.
Example: [Brown, 1996]
Origins: The tale of a woman who employs a potato as a pessary (a device worn in the vagina to support the uterus) has also been circulating on the Internet since at least the early 1990s. The patient always refers to her condition in some nonplussed, malapropic fashion (e.g., "I got a tree in the bedina" or "I got the green vines in my virginny") to establish the image of a simple old rural woman prone to employing folk remedies such as a potato pessary.
Last updated: 1 August 2007
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