Achilles heel

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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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strong man he must have been, catching his own amputated leg:yuck:!!!:surprised
and disecting it
 
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wolram said:
Do you have an achilles heel ? I guess mine is my pride at work.
I have two.
 
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:cry::cry::cry::cry:
why can i never hijack a thread?
:cry::cry::cry::cry:
hope this one will do
 
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I may have a Achilles high-heel some where in the closet.
 
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For goodness sake, hypatia, let the birthday boy have his hijacking if he wants it that much.
 
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ok....but is anyone else haveing a craving for Leg of lamb?
 
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hypatia said:
ok....but is anyone else haveing a craving for Leg of lamb?
Isn't that forhidden?
(Dutch names are so difficult..)
 
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ok, being compleatly lost with forhidden, I googled forhidden&Norway and came up with this....On the mountains you can hunt forhidden gold - cloudberries.
http://www.rondeheim.no/en_files/HTML/rondeheim/en_summer.html [Broken]
 
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hypatia said:
ok, being compleatly lost with forhidden,
It was a pun on the name Verheyden and the word "forbidden".
I googled forhidden&Norway and came up with this....On the mountains you can hunt forhidden gold - cloudberries.
http://www.rondeheim.no/en_files/HTML/rondeheim/en_summer.html [Broken]
Ok, you've made your point. My pun wasn't very good.
 
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Wolram buddy, they're :devil: stealing your thread. Here are the cops to rescue it. Unfortunately they googled for http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/cybereng/shorts/lamb.html [Broken] :yuck:
 
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lol Andre! Touché!
 
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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"
 
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wolram said:
The term “Achilles’ heel” was first used by a Dutch anatomist, Verheyden, in 1693 when he dissected his own amputated leg.
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"?
 
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gurkhawarhorse said:
:cry::cry::cry::cry:
why can i never hijack a thread?
:cry::cry::cry::cry:
hope this one will do
Do not worry Horsey, it is a skill, the old timers have mastered,
but are not yet masters of. :rofl:
 
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zoobyshoe said:
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"?
Was it even his heel ?? or some other spot.
 
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When Achilles was born, his loving mother Thetis wished to make him immortal, and for that purpose she dipped him in the waters of the river Styx [for this river see Underworld]. But others affirm that she, without the knowledge of the child's father, used to put the babe in the fire by night in order to destroy the mortal element which Achilles had inherited from Peleus, while anointing him with ambrosia during the day. But when Peleus saw the child writhing on the fire, he cried out, thus preventing Thetis from accomplishing her purpose [Apd.3 .13.6]. Then she threw the screaming child to the ground, and leaving both husband and son, departed to the NEREIDS and never returned again to Phthia, though she always kept an eye on her offspring.
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"From mortal sight he [Apollo] vanished into cloud,
And cloaked with mist a baleful shaft he shot
Which leapt to Achilles' ankle..." - Fall of Troy (Quintus Smyrnaeus)

- http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/Achilles.html [Broken]
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.
 
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PF is my only weakness.
Kryptonite for me. (but don't tell anyone)
 
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Mk said:
Kryptonite for me. (but don't tell anyone)
My other weakness is men in tights! :!!)
 

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