“The ‘Buck Rag.’ It’s a rag that’s been rubbed all over a sweaty, oily, piss-soaked billy goat, and is often used for goat breeding purposes. Well, in our Alabama town, it became popular for parents to use them to punish children. The teenager would be taken outside, and the parents would drape the rag over the kid’s face and tie a knot in the back. Plenty of room to breathe, no room to avoid the smell.”
“I never understood why people feared it so much until my parents gave it to me one night for sneaking around with my boyfriend. I still have nightmares.”
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