No. It’s not that salad-y thing that looks to me like a cross between cress and bean sprouts. Clearly not that given that the context for our hearing the word was Child 2 having his haircut.
What the hairdresser said was: ‘Hey! Looks like you’ve got a bit of an Alfalfa going on there.” And this is what she meant…
That’s Bug Hall (a name to treasure ;)) in the 1994 film The Little Rascals, a film I’ve never heard of before. And although Child 2 is much, MUCH more handsome that Alfalfa here, he does has a bit of double crown action going on up there and the hairdresser had a point.
With a quick google, I understood the reference. But what a world and history of Little Rascals I have discovered! Our Gang started in the silent short movie era in the 1920’s and morphed into the Little Rascals in the 50’s with countless child actors and a starring role for a pit bull with a ring round its eye. Alfalfa first appeared in 1935 and was played by Carl Switzer and looked like this:
But this Alfalfa came to a sticky end. And in fact lots of the stars of Our Gang did. I came across an amazing article about the Curse of the Little Rascals and will just share a few highlights (or maybe lowlights here):
Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer – shot dead in 1959 following an argument about a debt.
Norman “Chubby” Chaney – overweight because of a glandular problem, Chubby weighed 300 by the time he was 17 and died aged only 18
Robert “Bonedust” Young – died in a fire, aged 33, in a fire he started himself by falling asleep in bed while smoking.
Jay “Pinky” Smith – stabbed by a homeless man he’d befriended.
Even the dog did not escape this possible curse. Pal “Pete the Pup”, the first dog in the series, was poisoned and died in 1930.
R.I.P. Pete 😦