We all enjoy a good chortle at a bearded lady. Even the most boring committee meeting, political party conference or even a funeral of a close family member can be brightened up by the sight of a hirsute woman.
Now you might be thinking that this is a rather bold statement, but it is not without historical precedent according to the barking mad Catholics. If this collection of ageing paedophiles are to be believed, it is actually possible to combine both a family funeral with a circus freak, such as a bearded woman.
Consider the story of St. Wilgefortis. Her father had promised her hand in marriage to a pagan king. For most teenagers this would present itself as a golden opportunity to both rebel against social norms, whilst gaining notoriety and status. The youth of today are reduced to exposing themselves on reality shows in order to gain such distinction.
However, the ungrateful Wilgefortis had taken a pledge of celibacy. Consequently, she prayed to God, that he might deliver her from her perceived ordeal. According to the Catholics, God answered her prayers by allowing her to grow a beard. The pagan king swiftly lost interest and the forthcoming nuptials were called off. Unfortunately, her father was not impressed and had her crucified.
Many urban legends, fables and myths are actually just the result of genuine events that have been embellished over the years. The tale of St. Wilgefortis probably started life as the execution of a deluded cross dresser.