Pigeon blood wart cure – it only works on Jews?

Puh-leeze.

Blood most fowl — pigeon blood as wart cure in Brooklyn, according to Yiddish-language Di Tzeitung newspaper – NYPOST.com.

A recent ad in the Brooklyn-based, Yiddish-language Di Tzeitung newspaper boasts a use for the city’s most ubiquitous bird as a cure for warts.

The ad recommends that the bird blood be poured onto the offensive skin growth, left for an hour and then washed off. In two or three weeks, “with God’s help, there is no memory thereof.”

The woman who placed the ad told The Post her daughter had a wart on her hand that disappeared after the treatment.

One caveat, she said — the cure only works on Jews: “Gentiles are not capable of taking this.”

This didn’t go over well with some in the Orthodox community, who quite rightly assumed we would laugh at its ridiculousness. But one rabbi called it “like a talisman — something that helps you, but you don’t know why.” How about you think it helps you but it really does not. There is no plausibility for bird blood or blood of any kind to take away warts which often go away on their own… in 2 or 3 weeks. Convenient. Don’t bother killing the bird.

  9 comments for “Pigeon blood wart cure – it only works on Jews?

  1. RDW
    May 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I seem to recall seeing something about covering a wart with plain old duct tape that appeared to greatly reduce the time it took for it to go away. I’m not sure if it were light deprivation or oxygen deprivation or even if it were true.

  2. BobM
    May 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    In my day, there was an old bloke who you gave money to and he gave some back which apparently bought the wart off your hand or wherever :-). Pretty boring though – dammit the Jews seem to get all the good stuff :-).

  3. May 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Hah! Us gentiles just have rub our warts with a potato and then bury that potato under a full moon to get rid of our warts – none of that cabbalistic nonsense for us.

    • BobM
      May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      LOL! Tea in sinuses – not nice, but probably good for nosewarts.

  4. May 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Pigeon blood is literally in the Bible (Deuteronomy) as a cure for skin
    diseases, although there you burn one pigeon before sprinkling the “leprosy”
    with the blood of another. I’m surprised to see that tradition continue among the Orthodox.

  5. May 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Pigeon blood is literally in the Bible (Deuteronomy) as a cure for skin
    diseases, although there you burn one pigeon before sprinkling the “leprosy”
    with the blood of another. I’m not surprised to see that tradition continue among the Orthododox.

  6. Phil
    May 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    You buy the bottle of wart remover with salicylic acid at the store and bobs your uncle. Works on all religions.

    • May 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Ah, but my potato will grow more potatos – your bottle of salicylic won’t – I get free refills!

  7. DrMeatwadPhD
    May 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Always with the blood of another thing.

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