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Old 01 April 2007, 09:42 PM
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Icon84 Ferret-legging

Comment: Ferret-legging, allegedly a 'sport' involving sticking ferrets
down ones pants and cinching them up tight, was reported in an article
twenty years ago. The article, published by Donald Katz in the October
'87 issue of Outside magazine, was riddled with factual errors about
Ferrets that apologists attribute to "poor research on an actual sport."

The Wikipedia article on Ferret Legging, like most sources of information
on the pastime, has no direct sources except for Katz's article. It has
been nominated for deletion twice; both times, the votes were split
fifty/fifty and the article was kept.

Did Katz write a poor article on an actual sport, or did he make it up?
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Old 01 April 2007, 09:44 PM
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I don't know.

But ferrets will bite. My brother has two. The last thing I would do is put one down my pants.

I vote for made up.
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Old 01 April 2007, 10:00 PM
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Well known 'sport' in the North of England where Ferrets are frequently kept as pets (originally used for rabitting to supplement the diet, but this has declined since Myxamatosis was introduced in the '50s with massive decline in wild rabbit population); however I have never heard of it described as Ferret-Legging.
I have never witnessed it, but I understand that a ferret used to handling will rarely bite, however I believe the 'sport' is usually practised as a dare.
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Old 01 April 2007, 11:47 PM
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Obviously a joke against Yorkshiremen. T'Wikipedia article makes reference to "the 1981 Annual Pennine Show at Holmfirth", which makes me think someone's been watching too many episodes of The Last of the Summer Wine, where the character Compo keeps his ferret down his trousers.

ETA: Classic clip of Richard Whiteley meeting a ferret.

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Old 02 April 2007, 02:39 AM
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It's also used in "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire". Prof. Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret and drops him down one of Malfoy's cronies trousers.
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Old 17 April 2007, 07:38 PM
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Never heard of it, and I doubt it is a real sport. hardly 'well known' anyway. As the owner of four ferrets, I would trust two of them not to bite me, and two of them would not be given that much trust.

Even a well handled ferret can have odd reactions to certain stimuli. One of ours will nip very hard when playing certain games but not others. If for instance protecting the opening of a hole she is in, then she gets rough. Enough to break the skin if you pull back, but not a full teeth sinking in bite.

The other semi-trusted one would until recently bite certain locations on the body, like the webbing between the thumb and the hand if given the chance. But again not a teeth sinking in bite. More of a gentle bite that keeps slowly stronger and stronger until she is forced off. This one also bit a friend hard when she climbed up her pant leg and said friend freaked out. I suspect the bite there was an attempt to grip the leg as she tried to shake the ferret out violently. They use their teeth when climbing sometimes in this way.

Of our 6 lifetime ferrets, only one would strongly bite. This one was a shelter rescue and not right in the head. That one for no apparent reason would sometimes sneak up and just sink the teeth into flesh. MAN that hurts. Ferrets have really strong jaw muscles.

The other two ferrets we have and one that is now dead were passive sweethearts and have never bitten or even nipped hard in their lives. These were all males, but I don't know if sex has anything to do with it. I don't think it does.
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Old 07 May 2007, 01:42 AM
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I have no idea why someone would want to stick a ferret down their pants. I rescued a neglected ferret about 10 years ago and she was quite a nippy little thing!
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Old 28 May 2007, 01:49 PM
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There was something like this in the Simpson's Cape Feare episode

Wiggum: Well, shut my mouth. It's _also_ illegal to put squirrels down
your pants for the purposes of gambling.
[Shot of Eddie the cop with squirrels running around in his
pants, and a bunch of cops watching and laughing]
Boys, knock it off!

"Squirrels in pants

David Evans gives insight into this joke by quoting from Harper's, Nov.
1992, an article entitled "In Praise of Ferret Leggers": "Basically,
ferret-legging involves the tying of a competitor's trousers at the
ankles and subsequent insertion into those trousers of a couple of
peculiarly vicious fur-coated, foot-long carnivores called ferrets.
The brave contestant's belt is then pulled tight, and he proceeds to
stand there in front of judges as long as he can, while animals with
claws like hypodermic needles and teeth like number 16 carpet tacks
try their damnedest to get out."
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Old 06 June 2007, 12:55 AM
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Witch book and movie diffent

Originally Posted by queen of the caramels View Post
It's also used in "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire". Prof. Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret and drops him down one of Malfoy's cronies trousers.
Actually in the book HPGOF the ferret (aka) Malfoy was never put down any ones pants it only happened for the movie, Crabbe made a reach for Malfoy when he was a ferret in the book while he was being bounced on the floor in the hallway between classes by Prof.Moody after Malfoy insults rons mother the movie and the book are diffent .In the movie Crabbe gets it done to him he's the fatter larger boy . Oh my first post and i have been a long time lurker .
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Old 07 June 2007, 12:17 PM
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Welcome to the boards, Mrs. Heck! YAY! I new snopester/Harry Potter geek!
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Old 07 June 2007, 04:57 PM
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Glasses wow my first welcome

thanks franyjava i am quite a geek in many things and Harry Potter is one of them i also love Star Wars to a point of uber fandom and how does one put the little quotes seperated by the lines ?
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Old 07 June 2007, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mrs.heck_ View Post
thanks franyjava i am quite a geek in many things and Harry Potter is one of them i also love Star Wars to a point of uber fandom and how does one put the little quotes seperated by the lines ?


(But, please remember, proper punctuation and capitalization is a good thing!)

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Old 07 June 2007, 07:45 PM
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Icon103 Opps sorry

Sometimes when I type I get carried away with my spelling and other stuff . Sorry but i do try .
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Old 09 June 2007, 04:48 PM
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Richard Gere might be interested in this sort of thing.
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