Following on from the saga of Gert’s knee, here are some other body-part afflictions you may or may not know about:
Wittgenstein’s elbow: the damage caused by getting your elbow stuck in a jar of Gemusemilbe (the German equivalent of Vegemite) as happened to Ludwig on that famous day in 1940 when he invited Bertrand Russell on a a picnic. Ludwig threw such a tantrum that Bertrand stormed off, falling into a pond on his way. They never spoke again.
The Pope’s nose: no, not the one on the Xmas turkey, but the real nose of Pope Clement VII, who died in 1534 after eating a poisonous mushroom. If he hadn’t broken his nose falling from his litter during a procession, he would have been able to sniff out the bad one.
Virginia Woolf’s ankles: VW was given to falling down suddenly when her ankles gave way. She said her ankles had been hurt during a very vigorous game of hockey (a secret passion of hers until the ankle problem got too bad). It may, however, have been a psychosomatic condition.
Johnny Hallyday’s bottom: enough said.
Can you add to this list of little-known bodily afflictions?