Facts About Warts … and Some Wacky Wart Stories from History, Science, Literature … and the Yorkshire Post
Warts Have History and Mystery
Warts have always had a certain mystique about them. Before we understood that warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and they can be easily and safely removed with WartStick®, people seemed mystified by their presence and came up with treatments that seemed sometimes magical and often bizarre.
Here are some of our favorites, which never would have happened if WartStick® had been available.
Huckleberry Finn’s Wart Cure
In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, discuss several ways to get rid of warts. They discussed using a bean, buried at midnight and a method that involves taking a dead cat to a graveyard at midnight.
Huckleberry gave a detailed explanation of the use of spunk (rain) water in a tree stump:
“You got to go by yourself to the middle of the woods, where you know there’s a spunk-water stump, and just as it’s midnight you back up against the stump and jam your hand in and say:
Barley-corn, barley corn, injun-meal sorts
Spunk water, spunk water, swaller these warts
and then walk away quick, eleven steps, with your eyes shut, and then turn around three times without speaking to anybody. Because if you speak the charm’s busted.”
Of course, that was all before WartStick®.
England’s Famous Wart
The expression, “warts and all,” as in, I love everything about you…warts and all, is attributed to Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England. Cromwell was a Puritan and not a party animal. Among other things, he banned Christmas celebrations and wanted people to spend Christmas Day in serious meditation.
Cromwell had his portrait painted in 1656 and told the artist to paint him, not in the flattering way that most artists did back then, but “warts and all.” And that’s what the artist did.
That was before WartStick®. Or Photoshop.
The Wart Biter
In Sweden, people are said to have used a long-horned grasshopper, named Decticus verrucivorus, to bite off their warts. This kind of grasshopper, now extinct, was also known as der Warzenbeisser or wart-biter.
It’s possible that this method, and others, may actually have worked, by stimulating the body’s reaction to fight off the virus that caused the wart.
The Beretta Solution
In November of 2011, a security guard in England named Sean Murphy was bothered by a wart on the middle finger of his left hand. Really bothered. He drank beer to anesthetize himself, grabbed a Beretta shotgun at the plant nursery where he worked, and blasted off almost his entire finger.
Poor Sean was looking at fifteen years in jail for the illegal possession of a firearm, but, fortunately, he was given only a 16-week suspended sentence and community service. Sean told the Yorkshire Post, “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble.”
The WartStick® Solution
The fact is, removing a wart is simple and safe… if you use WartStick®. You don’t have to wash your hands in moonbeams (in a well-polished silver bowl) and you certainly don’t need a firearm.
Just place a thin layer of WartStick® directly on the wart, cover it with a soft bandage and let it get to work.
The salicylic acid in WartStick® begins to remove the top layers as soon as it touches the wart. WartStick® contains the maximum amount of salicylic acid allowed by the FDA in an over-the-counter product.
You can buy WartStick® on-line and in CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores around the country.