103. The Thirteenth Labour of Hercules
© Bruce Goodman 21 January 2014

There were twelve labours of Hercules. He did them over twelve years. He was legend.

What is not well known is that there was a thirteenth challenge. Hercules failed the one in the thirteenth year. Scholars do not like to mention it.

Eurystheus was the king who set the first twelve tasks. His wife set the thirteenth. For one year, Hercules must mop, dust, cook, get the kids ready for school, nurse their illnesses, do the laundry, grocery shop, weed the garden; all in all, he must run the daily household.

Hercules lasted two days. “Fuck that,” he said. “It’s woman’s work. I’m off to the gym to do weights.”

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