The phrase “blowing smoke up your ass” came up in conversation the other day.
I wondered what the source of that was.
Of all things, it’s literal: they used to actually blow tobacco smoke through a tube inserted into the rectum.
In the 18th century, before they had solid medical ways of determining if a non-responsive body was actually dead, this was one of the methods they used. Apparently your body would react to this even if you weren’t conscious.
I can only imagine.