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  •  Hans Brinker wasn't *that* little Dutch boy (7+ / 0-)

    The eponymous dike hero has no name and may only be a legend.

    Hans Brinker was the boy who won a long-distance speed skating race, the prize for which was a pair of silver skates. (Speed skating is still a national obsession in the Netherlands, which is why they're always in the medal count in that sport in every Winter Olympics.)

    Mundus vult decipi, decipiatur

    by TheOtherMaven on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 07:20:12 PM PST

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    •  sorry about that error. (5+ / 0-)

      I was looking for an image of the boy holding back the sea to accompany my post, and the first thing I came to was this link:

      Shows you can't trust the internet.  Whatever boy it was--legend or no--doesn't negate the comparison in my mind.  But then, again, I probably shouldn't sully this post about "flat out lying" with a mere legend.

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 07:37:13 PM PST

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