OK, after this one I give up...

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Amphipoda@yahoo.com, Jan 12, 2001.

  1. Amphipoda@yahoo.com

    OK, after this one I give up...
    More useless nautical trivia to amuse and confuse
    the innocent and inflict guilt upon the anonymous
    Amphi sign gift giver.

    "Most of the early ships had heads of mythological
    monsters or patrons carved in the bow; hence, the
    terms "figure head," "the heads" and the term "eyes
    of the ship" followed from the eyes of the figures
    placed there. Large "eyes" are still painted on the
    bows of Chinese junks.
    Sailors also believe that these "eyes" help them and
    their ship through a storm by magically seeing the
    right of way. One particular Sailor's tale says that
    on the day before he was to sail, he bought his wife
    two beautiful, green emeralds for earrings. He was
    heartbroken when she did not like them, so instead
    he used them as the eyes of the female "figure head"
    on the bow of his ship.
    His wife had a change of heart that night, and
    unbeknownst to her husband, removed the emeralds
    from the wooden figure. She planned to wear them
    upon his return, but he never did. One day after sailing,
    his ship steered right into a typhoon and sank. Some
    say it was because the ship could not "see" as his wife
    had stolen the ship's "eyes." When the wife heard the
    news, she cried for days until she fell asleep. When she
    awoke, she was blind...and the two beautiful emeralds
    had disappeared."

    This really is cruel. Posting this sort of drivel in a lame
    attempt to uncover the origin of my gift Amphi parking
    sign. Maybe my Mermaid wife is right... I should just
    hang it on the wall, forget about it, and leave you poor
    amphibians alone. Maybe someone gave me that sign
    to shut me up. Yes, that's probably it. Well, okay I'll
    go away until I can thank someone for their incredible
    generosity. I will self banish myself from posting
    anything further... Starting NOW.

    `64 Turquoise
    San Diego

    PS - I'm still doing my newsletter column - So there! :)>p)
  2. Ralph Fowler N4NEQ

    Its best to give up- You'll never pry it out of anyone.
    Just put it in front of your house and give Amphi her rightful spot of honor.
    (only in good weather, of course) and AWAY from those horrible Scripps
    Ranch drivers!

    At 11:59 PM 1/12/01 +0000, you wrote:
    >OK, after this one I give up...
    >More useless nautical trivia to amuse and confuse
    >the innocent and inflict guilt upon the anonymous
    >Amphi sign gift giver.

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