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Kissing the cobras!

  1. Oct 8, 2006 #1

    arildno

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    A sport I didn't know of previously, is to kiss as many cobras as you dare on their heads.:bugeye:

    This Thai man reportedly managed to kiss 19 of the snakes, there's a video of him at CNN:
    http://edition.cnn.com/
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2006 #2

    arildno

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    Most likely, the cobras' fangs have been pulled. That's an old "trick" snake charmers used. They weren't suicidal folks, but interested in staging a good show.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2006 #3

    arildno

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    Snakes entranced by flutes?
    Somehow, I find the idea just a teeny bit homo-erotic, but that's just me, I guess.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2006 #4
    Try reading Indian mythology. :yuck:
     
  6. Oct 8, 2006 #5

    arildno

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    There's more than enough in Norse mythology, with Odin and Loki.

    After all, Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir was born by Loki after Loki had for some reason transformed himself into a mare and been mounted by a stallion..
     
  7. Oct 8, 2006 #6

    arildno

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    I was just joking. Don't be too miffed about it.

    I thought first of bazaars and Shaharazad, myself.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2006 #7

    arildno

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    I think you are very interested in bush. That's all I have to say.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2006 #8

    arildno

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    I liked the "admitted"-version best.

    I agree, it is something sordid with reading a 3000 pages long novel about nothing written by a bedridden man while he waited for his chauffeur to visit him again.
     
  10. Oct 8, 2006 #9

    arildno

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    Gide was an angel compared to Genet..
     
  11. Oct 8, 2006 #10

    arildno

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  12. Oct 9, 2006 #11
    Don't get me wrong, I was trying to be humorous - I meant no offence. Jewish mythology is non-existent since Judaism is a monotheistic religion.
     
  13. Oct 9, 2006 #12

    arildno

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    Methinks you should check up a bit on the blatantly polytheistic origins of the Jewish fairy tales called the Old testament.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2006 #13
    It's a monotheistic religion with polytheistic origins, what's so funny about that? It's not really unique in the way it's affected by other religions.
    EDIT: OK my statement is indeed false, there is of course Jewish mythology as in any other religion. I meant to point out that Hindu mythology is richer in the sense of the many colourful entities it contains, whereas Jewish mythology always deals with one, usually very vengeful god. I guess when I think of mythology I immediately think of Greek gods... :blushing:
     
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  15. Oct 9, 2006 #14

    arildno

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    What's so funny is that you said there weren't any myths (i.e, a body of mythology) in Judaism. The whole Old Testament is a bunch of myths.

    But I agree, there is no theogony in Judaism, because it is monotheistic.
     
  16. Oct 9, 2006 #15

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    The number one food in Norway is frozen pizza.

    What was this thread about?
     
  17. Oct 9, 2006 #16

    arildno

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    It has somewhat diverged, methinks, from cobras to unsober distinctions between theogonies to mythologies
     
  18. Oct 9, 2006 #17

    NoTime

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    Snake pizza.

    Is that anything like anchovie?
     
  19. Oct 10, 2006 #18
    Judging how far a cobra can strike is not that difficult. The cobra lifts itself up from its coil and however tall the cobra lifts itself out of its coil is how far it can strike since it just simply falls forward. If a cobra is standing up about two feet that is about how far it can strike. A cobra can only strike lower than it is standing so if you keep your body above and beyonf where the cobra can strike you are relativly safe. This is also how snake charmers know how far to sit from the snake. Contrary to what most people believe, the cobra is not listening to the music since they are deaf. They move their heads in responce to the charmers movements.
    You never see people playing such games with say a rattlesnake, which coils up and uses its muscles to strike where as the cobra uses gravity for striking motion. It is very difficult to judge how far a rattlesnake can strike since it is all coiled up.
    RAD
     
  20. Oct 10, 2006 #19

    arildno

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    Of course, if you were able to judge the actual length of the rattlesnake, you might come up with a good estimate. It being coiled up, that's sort of tricky, though.

    Interesting perspective on cobras, RAD!
     
  21. Oct 10, 2006 #20

    BobG

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    About half their length. But I think I'll just go stand over there while you measure.
     
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