January 17, 1740

On January 17, 1740, the Greatest German who ever lived, died. Who was this prodigious talent of a man? It was none other than Matthias Buchinger who was also known as Matthew Buckinger in England. Matthew Buckinger was a multi-talented and intelligent man, who was a polymath and musician who was also extremely skilled at drawing and sculpting. Buckinger also was an accomplished stage magician, fencer, bowler, marksmen, archer, knitter, blindfolded knife thrower, inventor and famed lover. Buckinger was able to accomplish all these feats in spite of being both German and being born without hands or feet and standing just 30 inches tall. He was born with a birth defect that gave him flipper-like appendages. In the 1740s, Buckinger’s fame with the ladies became so well-known, that the English started to refer to a vagina as ‘Buckinger’s Boot’. Matthew Buckinger was married four times, that we know of, and fathered over fourteen children with his four different wives and 70 mistresses. This just goes to show, you can overcome any deformity or difficulty that life throws at you, just as long as you are extremely talented and born into a well-to-do family. Oh, I forgot to mention that Buckinger’s family was well-to-do, so he was given private tutors and teachers to help him overcome his birth defects. So, with extreme intelligence, artistic ability and well-to-do parents that can afford private tutors, most people can overcome the pot-holes that the road of life can throw your way.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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