Gentled Ben

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  • Birthday 04/28/1964

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  1. Everyone come meet...

    That's awesome! When one's not around to reach that top shelf for you, the other one can!
  2. Black Tower Roll Call: August 2018

    I'm here! I'm currently reading Bands of Mourning, my first time through it, although I have read Alloy of Law twice now.
  3. Everyone come meet...

    Aaah! I didn't see this until now! He's beautiful, Lessa! I'm so happy for you.
  4. The Way of Kings

    Thanks, Tress! I DO feel like destroying some evil today, so I ordered the shirt.
  5. Black Tower Roll Call - July 2018

    Here, and I'm ready for some mashed potatoes and gravy!
  6. The Stand Mafia [Advanced] [BACKUP/POSSIBLE SUB NEEDED]

    Ah, no time for Mafia now. Thanks, though!
  7. Black Tower Roll Call: June 2018

    Gentled Ben here, and I like camping the best as far as summer pastimes, but swimming is close.
  8. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    Annnnd, that was fun! Thanks for the wonderful conversation, everyone, and may you all see a unicorn someday!
  9. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    Oh, definitely! It looks wolf-like, but it's not a wolf or a dog. I don't know what that is, and apparently, they don't either. I wonder if this is how theses legends get started? A shepherd in the Carpathians kills some sort of weird thing that was eating his sheep, and within a generation, you have tales of werewolves running rampant in Romania or something.
  10. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    My first thought looking at it was werewolf! Glad to see that option made the article.
  11. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    It's my personal thought that it is evidence for the existence of Atlantis, that the idea of a dragon came from Atlantis. That, or the Biblical dragon, Lucifer, has visited and revealed himself a time or two to ancient peoples in various locales. But why would they think of the same thing? Why would they think of dragons or sea serpents that live in a lake? Yes to both.
  12. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    Is the chupacabra cross-cultural? I know that Bigfoot is (Sasquatch, Yeti).
  13. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    In some of those translations, it looks like what we would call sea serpents are being referred to as dragons. Again, on the origin topic, how did sea serpents come about? Why giant snakes or dragons living under water? Whales do not look like serpents, and those are the largest beasts that sailors were likely to ever come across. Are there, or were there, prehistoric fish still living in the oceans that people might have seen? I know they caught some ancient fish that was believed to be extinct for millions of years in the Philippines a long time ago, and Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, looks a lot like some sort of plesiosaurus, so is that what the sea serpent is based upon? What do you think?
  14. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    Cthulu for the win! So I guess what I'm getting at is questioning the root of some of these creatures. Dinosaurs are the usual knee-jerk explanation for dragons, but I think that's lazy and inaccurate. Giant fossilized bones could be the bones of any giant creature; I don't think the average person would determine that the bones belonged to a huge lizard, and presumes that lots of fairly intact fossils of large dinosaurs were available all over the place, as dragons are a common mythological creature in many cultures. We see the Coatl in the Americas, and we see different-but-similar types of dragons in Europe and Asia. Why did all these different cultures all imagine dragons? What was the basis for this? At some point, have people actually seen real dragons, or was there really an Atlantis, and did it have a dragon as its symbol or god or something? Is it just a natural response of the human psyche to imagine a giant serpent?
  15. [GotAK] Great Mythical Beasts

    On the other hand, his arms aren't long enough to put any other pair of pants besides #3 on, and since he can't reach back there anyway, #3 is the only pair that will allow him to relieve himself. Unless of course, the back is just open on the pants, and that defeats the whole purpose. Maybe this is why we never see them wearing pants? These are wonderful pictures and wonderful choices! Unicorns and dragons (or at least one dragon) are mentioned in The Bible. Are there other mythological beasts mentioned in the scriptures of other religions?