Tuesday, August 16, 2011


His "story was soon told, for the whole twenty years had been to him as but one night" - and the answer from the teens on Jeopardy were .... What?

Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde?


Tom Sawyer??????

Well, at least one of them had heard of Rip van Winkle.

(Tom Sawyer? Really?)



At 1:08 PM, August 19, 2011 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

This reminds me of something I found about 15 years ago, or thereabouts. I'd been talking with someone who thought that Rip had slept for 100 years, and I started asking people, without giving any prompts for choices, how long RvW had slept.

The answers I got were always either "20" or "100", and about evenly divided between them. No one picked any other number.

I was puzzled about where the "100" came from. If some people had said "100", some "40", some "50", and so on, that'd not have been surprising. But the prevalence of the incorrect "100" made me wonder.

At 1:36 PM, August 19, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Confusion with Sleeping Beauty would be my guess. Sleeping a hundred years just sounds so canonical, doesn't it?

At 3:42 PM, August 19, 2011 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

I suppose. I reminded the "100" people that when he came back, people he'd known were still alive, and recognized him, thought he was a ghost. "Oh, yeah, right," they all said.


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