3 Day Folklore Challenge

Instructions – Monday 23 October 2023

Instructions – Monday 23 October 2023

Welcome to Day 1 of the Everyday Folklore 3 Day Challenge!

Around about now the ritual year segues into the eighth house of the zodiac calendar, that of Scorpio the Scorpion. It’s said that each sign of the zodiac has dominion over a part of our bodies. Pisces is all about the feet, Cancer is all about the belly and Scorpio is all about the, ahem, genytayles as The Kalendar of Shepherdes was wont to call them.

So today’s folklore challenge, in honour of Scorpio and our genytayles, is all about conducting some folklore science with foods traditionally considered a sure fire way to ignite the flames of passion. 

While I mentioned figs, apples, celery, pomegranates and walnuts in the shopping list, I could also have gone with asparagus, oysters, chocolate, chilli, grapes, bananas, champagne, tomatoes, lettuce and many, many more foods besides. So if you didn’t have time to go shopping, you might still be in luck just raiding the fridge.

How to test? I’m going to suggest a method, but feel free to get your edible freak on in whatever way works for you.

  1. Establish your baseline of un-ardour. Imagine your anti-fantasy. Flatline any lascivity. In other words, turn yourself off. 
  2. Look at [insert the object of your desire] and ask yourself, do I feel horny? Note your reaction on a scale of 1-5.
  3. Savour your aphrodisiac of choice (please note, if you went the way of the fig, it’s said that sniffing them works even better than eating them).
  4. Wait a couple of minutes for the magic to work.
  5. Look at [insert the object of your desire] and ask yourself, do I feel horny? Note your reaction on a scale of 1-5.
  6. Repeat if you’re testing multiple folklore engorgers.

To be fair, only waiting a couple of minutes before recording your results *might* not make the magic happen. So if you have time today you may want to take a more considered approach, revisiting your feelings later and documenting any sensations that might, ahem, arise from your sensual snacking…

And should you find yourself overwhelmed by urges beyond your control, it’s said that a tea made from strawberry leaves will dampen even the most ardent of cravings. Good luck! 

See you back here later for the results. And if you have any questions, leave a comment below!

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

8 comments on “Instructions – Monday 23 October 2023”

  1. Sarah says:

    Insert ?

    1. Whoever you feel is going to turn you on!

      1. Gary says:

        It’s possible the object of your desire doesn’t want to have anything inserted…

  2. Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth says:

    Well, I’ll have a think on this later today – but I’ve got my pomegranate, apple, walnuts and a few sticks of celery out and am thinking they’d probably make a very nice salad!

    Have also made a note for myself, looking up at my dessicated and hard Soul Cake from last year hanging on the dresser, that it’s nearly time to make a new batch and replace it.

    1. In the book I recommend tucking into a Waldorf salad! And, if it’s not too cheeky, I’d love to know your recipe for soul cakes. Mine has been colonised by a spider!

  3. Jennifer Dian says:

    There’s one last fig on the fig tree, but I’d need to find a geezer to lust after.

    1. No secret crushes on the mailman or a celebrity?

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