The Historical Spectator.

An Amusing Joke with Meat

Would you like to have the whole roast for yourself? A book printed in Lyons in 1586 tells us how we can drive all the other guests away from the table. (As far as we know, this is the first time this passage has appeared in English.)

Strings from musical instruments, cut very fine, and placed on top of freshly cooked meat, either boiled or roasted, will very amusingly cause it, in the eyes of those who are at table, to appear to be covered with worms, and to be putrid and unhealthy. Now, whoever knows this may be left alone to eat as much as he likes.

—Jean-Jacques Vuecker de Basle, Les secrets et merueilles de nature.