Manneken Pis Dutch for Little Pee Man

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Manneken Pis Dutch for Little Pee Man
Manneken Pis Dutch for little pee man, also known in French as the Petit Julien, in the Florida Cracker Vernacular-Bubba the Pee Boy is a very famous Brussels landmark & a “WEE Gotta SEE  Manneken Pis PEE” on the Planes Trains & Automobiles 2009 OSB & TUGA’s European Vacation    Manneken Pis is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. This same action can be seen in almost any trailer park in Gibsonton, Florida on a daily basis. On many occasions, the statue is dressed in a costume. His wardrobe consists of several hundred different costumes kept in Maison du Roi (Kings House) including but not limited to soldiers, sportsmen (CF Barcelona), kings, princes, clowns and even a bright orange glossy raincoat during ''Gay Week''.
French as the Petit Julien
virtualvisit/manneken_pis.htm The costumes are changed according to a schedule managed by the non-profit association The Order of Friends of Manneken-Pis formed in 1954 ceremonies are often accompanied by a brass band. On occasion, the statue is hooked up to a keg of beer. Cups will be filled up with the beer flowing from the statue and given out to people passing by. It was not our lucky day, maybe next time! This famous statue is located at the junction of Rue de l'Étuve & Eikstraat. You have to take the left lane next to the Brussels Town Hall building from the famous Grote Markt and walk  a bit to arrive at the world’s most famous P spot. The statue will be on the left corner, wait, wait, yes the left corner. There was a similar statue made of stone, perhaps as early as 1388.
Florida Cracker Vernacular-Bubba the Pee Boy
The statue was stolen several times the current bronze statue is 61 cm high and was carried out at the request of officials of Brussels by the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy the old in 1619. Put in a shelter during the bombardment of the city by the armies of Louis XIV in August 1695, it is surmounted thereafter with a Latin psalm: "In petra exaltavit me and nunc exaltavi caput meum super inimicos meos" I was raised in stone and now I raise my head above my enemies) The blue stone niche in the rococo style was added in 1770. Previously, the statuette rested on a six feet high column realized by the stone cutter Daniel Raessens.   Manneken Pis has been stolen 7 times, the last time being the 20th century when students stole him after losing a bet with the Gibsonton Junior College fraternity Bubba Ki Bubba.
By the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy the old in 1619
The most famous legend is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven.  In 1142, troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke now Neder-over-Heembeek- northern part of the City of Brussels municipality in Belgium. It is a deelgemeente- subdivision of a gemeente-municipality which lost its municipality status when it was merged with the City of Brussels. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung it in a tree, to encourage them. From there, he urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle as many went home to change their clothes & take a shower, this may or not be true.
Duke Godfrey III of Leuven??
Another legend goes like this: In the 14th century, Brussels was under siege by a foreign power.  The attackers plan was to place explosive charges at the city walls. A little boy named Juliaanske from Brussels happened to be spying on them as they were preparing to blow up Brussels. Juliaanske thinking fast urinated on the burning fuse and thus saved the city.   Manneken Pis our Hero A story often told to tourists tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to the city with his family, had his young son go missing. The merchant started searching with others all corners of the city, until one member of the search party found the boy happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built.
A little boy named Juliaanske??
Yet a legend was that a small boy went missing from his mother when shopping in the center of the city. The woman, panic-stricken by the loss of her child, called upon everyone she came across, including the mayor of the city. A city-wide search began to find this small child and when at last he was found, he was peeing on the corner of a small street. The story had passed down over time and the statue erected as tribute to as we say in the South “No Kidding that’s the way it Happened, Honest”. Although the Manneken Pis in Brussels is the best-known, others exist. Similar statues can be found in the Belgian cities of Geraardsbergen, Hasselt, and Ghent and in the French Flemish village of Broxeele, a town with the same etymology as Brussels. There is also a statue of Manneken Pis in Tokushima, Japan, which was a present from the Belgian embassy.
TWMFPB-The Worlds Most Famous P Boy
  There is an ongoing dispute over which Manneken Pis is the oldest - the one in Brussels or the one in Geraardsbergen. In September 2002, a Belgian waffle-maker in Florida set up a replica in front of his waffle stand in the Orlando Fashion Square mall in Orlando, Florida. The Belgian Waffle stand owner recalled the legend as 'the boy who saved Brussels from fire by extinguishing it with his urine' confusing the legend with an incident in Gulliver's Travels. We all  know in Orlando they will say anything to sell things to tourist.   Some shoppers made a formal complaint. Mall officials said that the waffle-shop owner did not follow procedures when he put up the statue and was in violation of his lease.  In contrast to this reaction, another replica of the statue in Rio de Janeiro, in front of the quarters of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, a famous football club from Brazil.
Taverne Manneken Pis Menu Now how did that get there??
There, the presence of the statue is taken lightly, and the statue has even been adopted as a mascot by the club. The fans dress Reio de Janerio Manneken Pis with the club's jersey after important wins.  Yah Manneken Pis Scores!! The  2009 OSB & TUGA’s European Vacation spent only one night in Brussels but as our hotel was very close to TWMFPB-The Worlds Most Famous P Boy I never went by when there was not a crowd of people & on occasion even animals milling around Manneken Pis day & night.

**Great effort has been taken to ensure all historical information is as correct, accurate & factual as possible in all of OSB Blogs & Reviews.  The only exceptions are sentence which include the words Old School, Cracker, Gibsonton & at times Florida. Sentences with these words may be considered suspect at best in regard to historical accuracy.
sylviandavid says:
We have a fountain on our patio with little pee-pee.. interesting that no one quite knows why he's famous.... go figure.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010
eva2009 says:
Did you know, that there is an another Manneke-Pis exists in Belgium? In Geraardsbergse. This Manneken-Pis is older than the Brussels Manneken-Pis. The Real Brotherhood of Manneken-Pis has every year a meeting on the second weekend of june to celebrate the oldest Manneken-Pis of Belgium.
Posted on: May 03, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Jeanneke Pis, his sister is located at the other side of the Grand Place / Grote Markt.
Posted on: May 02, 2009
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French as the Petit Julien
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By the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy t…
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Duke Godfrey III of Leuven??
Duke Godfrey III of Leuven??
A little boy named Juliaanske??
A little boy named Juliaanske??
TWMFPB-The Worlds Most Famous P Boy
TWMFPB-The Worlds Most Famous P Boy
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