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Perkeo

The short-lived, extremely drink-resistant Clemens Pankert or, according to other sources, Giovanni Clementi (1702-1735) was court jester of the elector Karl III. Philipp von der Pfalz (1661-1742) with seat of government in Heidelberg, The Elector became acquainted with Perkeo in Innsbruck, who pressed him with his repartee and drinking strength and therefore took him to Heidelberg. Perkeo was only three feet six inches tall (1 meter), but reportedly 100 pounds. His "dwarfism" was probably due to pseudoachondroplasia (innate dwarfism). He probably also suffered from a congenital ADH deficiency or the disease Diabetes insipidus (Wasserharnruhr) with increased urine excretion and increased feeling of thirst with increased drinking. The elector should have asked him if he knew the famous Heidelberg barrel could drink alone with a volume of 221,726 liters. This should have answered in Italian: "Perché no?" (Why not?). This is the name of the perkeo named as a barrel guard. The Elector ordered him to make a colored uniform. He also received a large medal and a huge basement key to the side.

Perkeo - court jester Perkeo and Heidelberger barrel

Around him are many legends with some fantastic claims. Allegedly, he drank 20 to 30 liters of liquid in one day, especially wine. According to a report by the French Dict Victor Hugo (1802-1885) after a visit to the Heidelberg Castle, he drank, or even had to drink fifteen double bottles of Rhine wine, otherwise he was flogged. Officially, he died at the age of 33, which is no wonder due to his excessive consumption of alcohol. After one of the legends he became very old and in the eighth decade of life first ill. A doctor advised him urgently Weingenuss and recommended drinking water. Perkeo reluctantly accepted the council and died the following day. It is certain that he enjoyed the whole court and the citizens of the city through his jokes. Already during his lifetime a monument was erected to him, which he designed and made himself. Today it is on the wall next to the barrel, After him, the inn "Zum Perkeo" is named in the center of Heidelberg. See also below alcoholism. intoxication and drinking culture,

Perkeo - Statue at the inn Perkeo in Heidelberg and Perkeo with monkeys (intoxication)

Inn: By Jaimrsilva - Own Work, CC-BY-SA 4.0 , Link
Perkeo with Monkeys: From Unknown - Perkeo , Public Domain, Link

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