April 13, 2010

"Manneken Pis": The Wee Statue That Pees

I’ve always wondered if fountains of people peeing are funny or messed up. Well, the people of Brussels in Belgium decided to go with “funny” a LONG time ago!

In 1619, the city became the proud owner of Manneken Pis: “The little man who pees”!

In the centuries that he’s been urinating, the “little man” has become a landmark, but he was famous even before that. According one legend, a battle was being fought, and troops put a two-year old local noble up in a tree. The kid peed down on the enemy, and they lost the battle.


Another story holds that the city of Brussels was under attack, and a two-year old kid peed on the lit fuse of some explosives that were going to blow up the city’s wall.

There are plenty of different stories that explain the legend of Manneken Pis. But they all have something in common: They involve a two-year old peeing on something!

Today, Manneken Pis is dressed up in a variety of outfits throughout the year. These are sometimes from different countries. But other costumes are just plain goofy. Either way, then tourists come and take pictures. LOTS of pictures!

Apparently, there are occasions when Manneken Pis is hooked up to beer kegs. Then the little boy pees beer. I don’t have much to say about that. But there is a Wikipedia page about this wee character here. And I've got more pictures after the break!

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