A horse named Charlie

Charlie horses are the worst. I’m not really sure why anyone would name a horrible-bad, muscle-spasming pain after a man named Charlie or a horse even. Horses don’t even have toes in which to get Charlie, ahem, horses.

According to some obscure Web site, the name “Charlie” is said to have come from the pitcher Charlie “Old Hoss” Radbourn, an American baseball pitcher in the 1880s who was said to have suffered from leg cramps. Another story claimed that the name was from an actual horse named “Charley” that used to work at Comiskey Park in the Chicago White Sox’s ballpark. It also turns out that old, retired horses were commonly called “Charlie.”

All I know is Charlie horses hurt. Plain and simple. And that I get them at the most inconvenient times. Like when I’m trying to sleep. Or am already sleeping.

Oh, and that the posted cartoon made me laugh out loud.


One thought on “A horse named Charlie

  1. Hoss says:

    The name Hoss rocks. Sure I am biased, but still… what a handle!

    I am not sure what a muscle cramp has to do with roasting a horse on a spit. Perhaps, it is a North Western Ohio thing.

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