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Achilles heel

  1. Sep 27, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    The term “Achilles’ heel” was first used by a Dutch anatomist, Verheyden, in 1693 when he dissected his own amputated leg. :yuck:

    Do you have an achilles heel ? I guess mine is my pride at work.
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2005 #2
    strong man he must have been, catching his own amputated leg:yuck:!!!:surprised
    and disecting it
     
  4. Sep 27, 2005 #3

    arildno

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    Dearly Missed

    I have two.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2005 #4
    :cry::cry::cry::cry:
    why can i never hijack a thread?
    :cry::cry::cry::cry:
    hope this one will do
     
  6. Sep 27, 2005 #5
    I may have a Achilles high-heel some where in the closet.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2005 #6

    arildno

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    For goodness sake, hypatia, let the birthday boy have his hijacking if he wants it that much.
     
  8. Sep 27, 2005 #7
    ok....but is anyone else haveing a craving for Leg of lamb?
     
  9. Sep 27, 2005 #8

    arildno

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    Isn't that forhidden?
    (Dutch names are so difficult..)
     
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  11. Sep 27, 2005 #10

    arildno

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    It was a pun on the name Verheyden and the word "forbidden".
    Ok, you've made your point. My pun wasn't very good.
     
  12. Sep 27, 2005 #11
    Wolram buddy, they're :devil: stealing your thread. Here are the cops to rescue it. Unfortunately they googled for leg of lamb :yuck:
     
  13. Sep 27, 2005 #12
    lol Andre! Touché!
     
  14. Sep 27, 2005 #13
    I'm guessing it would not be wise to say that everyone has an achilles heel anatomically speaking.

    Being a bit philosphocial one may say:

    "Everyone has an Achilles heel, and those that do not realise it have the most apparent of all"
     
  15. Sep 27, 2005 #14
    The term "Achilles' heel" has to come from the story of Achilles. I can't believe no one used the term untill 1693. Are you sure this anatomist didn't merely name the "Achilles' tendon"?
     
  16. Sep 27, 2005 #15

    wolram

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    Do not worry Horsey, it is a skill, the old timers have mastered,
    but are not yet masters of. :rofl:
     
  17. Sep 27, 2005 #16

    wolram

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    Was it even his heel ?? or some other spot.
     
  18. Sep 27, 2005 #17

    honestrosewater

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    On the same page, there's a Rubens painting, Paris doodt Achilles, depicting Paris shooting Achilles through the ankle/heel. I don't know when it was painted, but Rubens died in 1640.

    I ?hurt? (it didn't rupture completely) my Achilles tendon once - I couldn't walk with that foot for a few days, but it wasn't so bad. I think I hurt myself more trying to hop and crawl around the house. :rolleyes:
    Anywho, PF is my only weakness. o:) Well, there is something else, but it's a secret.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2005
  19. Sep 28, 2005 #18

    Mk

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    Kryptonite for me. (but don't tell anyone)
     
  20. Sep 28, 2005 #19

    honestrosewater

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    My other weakness is men in tights! :!!)
     
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