cloven fruit

Heidi J Torres hjt at
Wed Feb 5 16:08:37 PST 1997

On Tue, 4 Feb 1997, Marc D McKeeman wrote:

> On Tue, 4 Feb 1997 19:36:44 -0600 psobaka at (harry
> billings) writes:
> >NO, NO its "out going" or "on the way", it's "in coming" if you see 
> >one
> >coming at you/ your group
> >
> >>
> >>Grasp the fruit well in hand
> >>Take note of the prominate clove
> >>Grasp the clove with the teeth, pulling it out
> >>Cock back the arm with the fruit
> >>With the cry, "Incoming" throw the fruit into the next world
> >>
> >>But then again I was raised in Bjornsborg.
> >>Crandall
> >>
> >>
> >Plachoya Sobaka a most insignificant archer in Ravens Fort Kingdon of 
> >Ansteorra
> >
> >
> Ya all know this is kind of cute....  But i do believe the poster was
> serious, so if some one can answer the original post,  I would like to
> know also.  Or was it just another 20th century way to get kissed, and
> pass it off as period.
> H.L. Marcus.

Crandall was completely serious -- this is precisely how real 
Bjornsborgers deal with cloved fruit.  Back in the dim recesses of time, 
the ladies of Bjornsborg decided we didn't need the excuse of a cloved
fruit to kiss anyone we pleased and, in fact, rather preferred our own 
initiative.  Exactly when the grenade maneuver took over I can't say, but 
I'm positive Viscountess Counstance had something to do with it.  And we 
yell "Incoming" in memory of Moonbear who, when a cloved lemon rebounded 
into the crowd, hurled himself upon it and manfully took the brunt of the 

Just a little Bjornsborg history; and an explanation of why you don't 
give cloved fruit to Bjornsborgers.  (I still remember a large contingent 
from Stargate looking on in horror as Constance was offered the last of 
the cloved fruit by someone who knew no better, and the tree-trembling 
cry of "NOOOOOO!" that shook birds out of the branches as she smiled 
sweetly and lobbed the thing into the darkness with a pitch that would 
have done.....well, some famous baseball pitcher, proud.)

Thanks for your time.


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