Care to take a wild guess? :) When someone at our office asked me if I knew what a goat’s eye was… I replied somewhat sure that they meant “had I ever eaten goat eyeballs in some middle eastern or African dish”, but they just sniggered. Considering that I have a large poster of different types of condoms in our office to promote safe sex and unplanned for offspring, you can tell where this post is headed.
So they took a detour on a site visit in deep downtown Cebu and let me choose from a sidewalk vendor hawking his wares. Hundreds of “goat’s eyes” were on offer, market at roughly PHP80-120, but I managed to bargain them down to PHP60 for two dozen pieces. It turns out they are made literally from the eyelids of a goat, and include the bristles or hair, and they are meant to be worn on a man’s you-know-what to enhance the evening’s performance. I certainly burst out laughing when I figured it out, but I did wonder if this was something strangely local and why had I never heard about it before? It isn’t just local, it’s Nepali, it seems, but gosh knows how long we have been toying with it…
Of course the stories (true and probably apocryphal) came flying fast and furious and one of our erstwhile gentle and unassuming employees smiled excitedly when I asked him about them, but he quickly gave me a pained face and said it was dangerous and hurtful (he used it incorrectly, draw your own conclusions on that one) but he did want to have more to use properly the next time around. Others shyly averted their eyes while most were amused that I had plonked down a serious sum to acquire 24 of them in varying shapes, sizes and colors.
I decided to give them out as prank party favors to guests at our Christmas dinners last December, and not surprisingly, most were clueless, but one American lady immediately guessed what they were for, and everyone took their little goat’s eyes home with them. And no, I have absolutely not tried one, I just think they are outrageous conversation pieces. Outrageous. Let the comments begin, but please, try to keep them PG or R at most, no X-rated ones please. :)