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1 Stoatly  Dec 1, 2011 7:14:25am

Good read - his review of the film 300 linked to in the article is interesting too.
(I thought he’d made a basic error in that in describing the how the Athenians “ran 26 miles in full armor to face down a second Persian horde and sent it packing” - I “knew” it was just one chap, who promptly dropped down dead.
Only, as so often,certain knowledge turns out to be suspect. From Wikipedia:

“According to Herodotus, an Athenian runner named Pheidippides was sent to run from Athens to Sparta to ask for assistance before the battle. He ran a distance of over 140 miles, arriving in Sparta the day after he left.[110] Then, following the battle, the Athenian army marched the 25 or so miles back to Athens at a very high pace….
…Later, in popular imagination, these two events became confused with each other, leading to a legendary but inaccurate version of events”

Though I suspect they “yomped” rather than actually ran)

2 lostlakehiker  Dec 1, 2011 11:13:54am

The German movie Karl und Bertha, about how the couple stuck to their guns and brought an invention to reality and changed the world, is Atlas Shrugged with real characters.

Karl und Bertha who? Hint—-they had a daughter, Mercedes.


Benz.

3 goddamnedfrank  Dec 2, 2011 12:08:13am

re: #2 lostlakehiker

The German movie Karl und Bertha, about how the couple stuck to their guns and brought an invention to reality and changed the world, is Atlas Shrugged with real characters.

Karl und Bertha who? Hint—-they had a daughter, Mercedes.

Benz.

FYI Mercedes Jellinek was not Karl and Bertha’s daughter.


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