The short, extremely drinkable Clemens Pankert or according to other sources Giovanni Clementi (1702-1735) was the court jester of the Elector Karl III. Philipp of the Palatinate (1661-1742) with seat of government in Heidelberg, The Elector became known to Perkeo in Innsbruck, who impressed him with his quick wit and drinkability and therefore took him to Heidelberg. Perkeo was only three feet six inches tall, but was said to weigh 100 kg. His "dwarfism" was probably due to pseudoachondroplasia (congenital dwarfism). He probably also had an innate one ADH deficiency or the disease diabetes insipidus (water urinary dysfunction) with increased urine output and increased feeling of thirst with increased drinking. The elector is said to have asked him whether he was famous Heidelberg barrel can drink alone with a volume of 221,726 liters. He is said to have replied in Italian: "Perché no?" (Why not?). This is where the name of Perkeo, who was appointed barrel keeper, came from. The elector had a colored uniform made for him. He also received a large medal and a huge cellar key by the side.
There are many legends surrounding him, some of which are fantastic claims. Supposedly he drank 20 to 30 liters of liquid a day, especially wine. According to a report by the French dictator 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. He officially died at the age of 33, which is no wonder due to his excessive alcohol consumption. According to one of the legends, he became very old and became ill for the first time in the eighth decade. A doctor urged him away Weingenuss and recommended drinking water. Perkeo reluctantly accepted the advice and died the next day. What is certain is that he enjoyed the whole court and the citizens of the city with his jokes. During his lifetime, a monument was erected, which he had designed and made himself. Today it is on the wall next to the barrel, The inn "Zum Perkeo" in downtown Heidelberg is named after him. See also under alcoholism. intoxication and drinking culture,