20 December 2012

Apocalypse Too Much Excitement? Celebrate This Instead

The ever wonderful Dull Men's Club have an excellent alternative to tomorrow'sApocalypse in the form of a  celebration of underdogs: unsung heroes such Robinson Crusoe’s Man Friday and Sherlock Holmes' Dr. Watson.

It also celebrates those who “came from behind” to make names for themselves. The Tortise and the Hare 

Other examples of underdogs are:

•  David in the Bible who conquered Goliath
•  Robert the Bruce, whose victorious army was outnumbered three to one at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 (not to be confused with William Wallace of “Braveheart” fame)
•  U.S. President Harry Truman
•  Boxer James "Buster" Johnson, who defeated Mike Tyson in 1990
•  Rocky Balboa of the “Rocky” film franchise
•  The hapless cat in the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons.

Heroes one and all!

 If you are curious the expression underdog does not come from dogfighting as you might expect but from shipbuilding

Planks of wood called "dogs" were placed over the top of a pit. Two men would supervise the placing of these planks. One man would stand on top of the planks The second man would stand underneath the planks in the dark pit, where he would be covered in sawdust. He became known as the underdog.

 So thee you have it!

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