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Cro-Magnons, a population of early Homo sapiens dating from the Upper Paleolithic Period (c. 40,000 to c. 10,000 years ago) in Europe were discovered,  In 1868, in a shallow cave at Cro-Magnon near the town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne region of southwestern France.  A significant number of obviously ancient human skeletons were found.   

It told us a lot —  I can see the first caveman discovering the joy of a good pulled Pork-a-Saurus  sandwich, or Pterodactyl Wings and Hairy Buffalo fries while observing the NFL, The Neanderthal Fighting League.  It was an era when men were men, fought each other and most women looked like men.  It was when man really got into this food thing.  It was that or starve.

It was the Cro-Magnons Strikers vs. the Neandermen, an outstanding game only if you were the winner.  It was heart and sometimes head breaking for the losers.  Food, water, and shelter were the prizes for survival and the Cro-Magnon were up by ten points by the odds makers, better adapted to surviving the Ice Age than the Neanderthals. And they had FIRE.

Our hero, we’ll call him “ CROW” also probably discovered beer about the same time as the Ice Age and that was an even better revelation.  Cold beer and hot food, what a combo!   Fortunately since they had no coolers, remnant glaciers of the ice age kept the beer cold, and a few Neanderthals stupid enough to reach for the beer, fell into crevices looking for those six-packs. They are still there, occasionally with the earth warming up, one pops up from time to time.

One day CROW brought home some   FIRE.  Cooking the Pork-E-Saurus and burnt Badaydoes presented new problems for CROW, his pal GROG the Medicine Man and their gang since they held the meat with their hands in the fire. 

It was HANDEI’S  arm CROW was shoving in the fire to hold the meat, and a revolt took place.  One severe clubbing changed the whole relationship.  HANDAI had enough and dispatched CROW and took over as the leader.

He was now the respected male Cro-Magnon leader, simply being the only one able to walk after the confrontation, and he had made a discovery of controlled fire.  

He started a business, he was working as a door to door salesman, helping other Cro-Magnons.  Think of him as the first Weber guy, and showed the cavemen the benefits of charcoal, making a circle of rocks, and slow cooking upon flat slabs of rock. 

GROG,  the new comer liked the program so much and the food, he joined HANDAI and became his associate and helper,  being a Medicine man was not profitable.  He was quick to learn, looking back at the smoke in his burnt cave, and still smarting from his burnt hand,  he thought this was a good plan and he liked HANDEI and called him his HANDAI-MAN from that day forth and they started a company.  

EDITORS NOTE:   This Is Backed By Scientific Discovery, Women Invented Sticks To Cook,  Men Invented Clubs To Club,  Hmmm,  True To This Day — 

Business was good for HANDAI and GROG… Cooking was time consuming and took away from hunting and breeding.  Mans favorite pastime to this day.  So he enlisted the help of the ladies of the cave which led to equality. GROG taught his wife BIENDOVER to do the cooking since he almost burnt his arm off four times.  She invented the forked sharpened stick to hold and move the meat.  

They were the first caveman restauranteur couple to attempt HANDAI’s cooking techniques as published by First Stone Publishing.  Their creation was steaks, chops, legs, tail and faux gras on a stick and proudly announced that it tasted great, last time it tasted more of hair and burnt nails, now they use a stick… and the meat was delicious, cavemen came from miles around to eat at GROGS. 

Business doubled and he decided to franchise his operation and offer Pterodactyl size wings with Volcano sauce and choice parts of Pulled Brontosaurus for the Holidays.  Then for entertainment he added dancing girls and we had the first sports bar.  Business was great.

But then on a busy night, at the bar, his wife “ BIENDOVER  said it was her idea to use sticks, not his.  That did not sit well with GROG.   He wanted all the credit.  He turned around and clubbed his wife, one more time and that was too much for her.  

While asleep, he had his hair and head rearranged by a sixty-eight pound brick.  He was mortally slammed by her and she even used his own club on him, to finish the job symbolically, nevertheless she ended their relationship permanently.  

BIENDOVER found a new suitor the next day.  His name was E’UM GLICK… He also came with a great idea and to entice new suitors and customers to the fire pit cooked up a great meal featuring Testicles.  Her ex-mates Testicles included, and to this day, it is a Serbian Custom.  Thats his member in her hand she used for the stock. She was known as the Mother of Testicles for a few million years.

ED:  Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction  —  Honest  —  It blew my mind, I had no idea my caveman approach to humorous cooking would draw an audience.   When I wrote the comedy piece above of the Discovery of Cooking, I get an e-mail from overseas about I had accidentally mentioned their custom, low and behold  —  an actual event  —  Holy crap I never realized what hath comedy brought forth  —  I call it Modern Day Cavemen — 

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“ This festival is all about fun, food and bravery,” said Ljubomir Erovic, the Serbian chef and testicles gourmand specialist who organizes the bizarre cooking festival and has published a testicle cookery book.

Testicle Cooking Is Not New and not only found in Europe , in fact the delicacy is common in the US,  he explained and is known as  “ Rocky Mountain Oysters”  Rocky Mountain Oysters or Mountain oysters, or Meat Balls, also known as Prairie Oysters in Canada, is a dish made of Bull testicles.  

Another variant is Sheep balls called Lamb Fries  in some parts of the countries.  Just rent on AMAZON prime, ask Chevy Chase in the movie “  Funny Farm  made in 1988”.

Deep Frying is the selected cooking method.  The organs are often deep-fried after being skinned, coated in flour, pepper and salt, and sometimes pounded flat. This delicacy is most often served as an appetizer.   The Oysters come from male calves who have been neutered so they may get calmer and grow huge to slaughter age.  

UPDATE We have found few or actually no American teams entered in the European Contest —  “The bulls’ testicles are the best, goulash style,” said last year’s winner Zoltan Levai, stirring a metal pot heated by a wood fire and filled with vegetables and large testicles that he said were provided from a state-run slaughter house.  Goes to show you the Cro-Magnons still exist and we owe it all to “Bendover". 

Testicles are regarded as a gourmet delicacy  in Serbia and the country is hoping to develop an export market.  Serbian daily newspaper  ‘ GLAS JAVNOSTI ‘ said  the contest was held in the village of Savinac, close to town of GORNJI MILANOVAC.  Top chef was won by testicle chef Dejan Milovanovic from Belgrade.

His specialist, a  dish prepared using testicles from a bull and a boar beat off challengers from around the world, who cooked their way through more than 20 kilos of prepared testicles. His dream is to set up Testicle cook-ing stores and restaurants in the USA.     No franchises were sold in the United States to date though it was commented that we should start this delicacy dish in Washington DC. Using politicians balls since many of them need to be neutered.  

Spring Rolls, Ratatouille And Curry Were On The Menu at the quirky food festival in rural Serbia on Saturday, Now in its 15th year, the cheeky “World Testicle Cooking Championship” draws a motley mix of teams – from groups of friends to professional chefs – for a few days of fun in the Serbian countryside.  

EDITOR —  Some recognition for those who wrote me twenty jokes came into play sent in by those who called the enthusiasts of balls as cuisine,  a bunch of  “ Jerk-offs ” —  Ha-Ha!   But it carries a warning:  The FDA nor the USDA condones this practice thinking these people are  simply nuts about nuts!

Be careful about how many you consume but if you find yourself mooing at the moon, quit immediately.  And stop chasing the sheep herd down in the valley.  Here are some shots from the 2016-2018 cook offs.  And it looks like they all had a “ ball - buster of a good time”… chomping afternoon.

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  • See Social Media For More Interesting News On This Topic —  And The Winners For Their Secret Recipes, No Shortage Of Ingredients, Balls Are Plentiful…  I Would Like To Harvest A Few Hundred Balls From The US House And Senate…just throw the rest of them away...