March 13, 2013

Worlds Photo Contest

By Doug
So Tillerman won the first photo contest. Who'll win this one?

This is the back yard of a typical Korean home 500 years ago.


What was the stick used for?

22 comments:

  1. The man of the house left it outside the house every time he came home so the little woman would know he was home and she would remember to go through the little door and bow to him and then tell him to delete that blog post he just published.

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    1. No. They didn't have blogs back then.

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  2. Really? How did they manage to survive without blogs?

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  3. The man of the house would make a notch in the stick every day he went Laser sailing so he could work out how close he was to going sailing 100 days in one year?

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    1. I don't think so - this village was too far away from the navigable water.

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  4. In those days, just as now, you never left your tiller on the boat.

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  5. I can't remember which way around it is, but it's something like
    - one stick means that you're at home
    - two sticks means you're out, but not far away
    - three sticks is an open invitation to burglars, you're a long way away from home

    Abe

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    1. Hmmm, perhaps. But this stick has a very special purpose for protecting the entire family.

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  6. Stabbing the dragon that lurks in the rocks.

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    1. Getting very close. But what would you be doing that attracts something?

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  7. That is for poking the snakes out of the tunnel when you end up on the wrong side of the barb wire fence. Don't worry as much about the snakes as the mine fields. Then you can launch your boat.

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    1. Thankfully, Jeju is an island and is as far from the DMZ as you can get. Besides, there was no barbed wire or mines back then.

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  8. It looks like a pointed stake - so that could mean it is for taking care of invading vampires, or possibly to lock a gate or maybe as a stake for tying up animals.

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    1. Getting close with the animals, but what kind? Hint: they served two purposes - one for eating and the other for after eating.

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    2. Is that a Korean outhouse (sans the door with moon in it) and the stick is to make sure there are no nasty critters - such as rats - in lurking in the hay?

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    3. Yes it is... but the critters were there for a purpose.

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    4. Humans eat pigs. Pigs eat poop. Pigs live near the outhouse. Stick is to fend off the pigs from trying to eat your poop right out of your butt.

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    5. Correct! The pig lived under the house and its sole purpose was being a part of the recycling process. Quite brilliant, don't you think?

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  9. I love that stick. That stick is really cool. That stick wants President Obama to call it.

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