Have you ever wondered where and how yodeling began? California?
Oregon? Switzerland? Most believe it originated in Switzerland, but
here's the real version. Many years ago a man was traveling through
the mountains of Switzerland. Nightfall was rapidly approaching and
he had nowhere to sleep. He went up to a farmhouse and asked the
farmer if he could spend the night. The farmer told him that he
could sleep in the barn. As the story goes, the farmer's daughter
came down from upstairs and asked her father, "Who is that man going
into the barn?" "That's some fellow traveling through," said the
farmer. "He needs a place to stay for the night, so I said he could
sleep in the barn." The daughter said, "Perhaps he is hungry." So
she prepared him a plate of food and took it out to the barn. About
an hour later, the daughter returned. Her clothing disheveled and
straw in her hair. Straight up to bed she went. The farmer's wife
was very observant. She then suggested that perhaps the man was
thirsty. So she fetched a bottle of wine, took it out to the barn,
and she too did not return for an hour. Her clothing was askew, her
blouse buttoned incorrectly and her hair all messed up. She also
headed straight to bed. The next morning at sunrise the man in the
barn got up and continued on his journey, waving to the farmer as he
left. When the daughter awoke and learned that the visitor was gone,
she broke into tears. "How could he leave without even saying
goodbye," she cried. "We made such passionate love last night!"
"What?" shouted the father as he angrily ran out of the house
looking for the man, who by now was halfway up the mountain. The
farmer screamed up at him, "I'm going to get you! You had sex with
my daughter!" The man looked back down from the mountainside, cupped
his hand next to his mouth, and yelled out, "LAIDTHEOLADEETOO."