"The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of indifference to me, but tall soldiers
—they are my weakness." Thus confessed Frederick William
, second king of Prussia, whose passion compelled the creation of an elite regiment of six-foot-plus grenadiers
. Recruitment, diplomatic gifts, and the occasional abduction of a spindly peasant or acromegalic tradesman supplied thousands of "giants" for the ranks; experiments with breeding programs and stretching machines were somewhat less successful. Frederick II, Frederick William's son and successor, dispersed the regiment when he succeeded to power in 1740. The Potsdam Giants had never actually seen combat, the main part of their duty having been to drill and parade before their enraptured king. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Jan 9, 2014 -
I come from Bankers and Businessmen, New Jersey.
The dividing line between north and south New Jersey is the Driscoll Bridge
according to one theory. The Sports Fan rule
applies a hypothetical line between where NY Giant fandom ends and Philadelphia Eagle fanaticism begins. Under the Sandwhich conjecture
, South Jersey's northern border is where people stop eating hoagies for lunch and start eating subs.
New Jersey is too nuanced for simple binary categorization. Rigorous tests of the competing theories produce contradictory results (Monmouth County
is part of South Jersey under the Driscoll theory and North Jersey using Sports Fan methodology.) Throwing out the ineffectiveness of northern and southern classifications, a recent Rutgers graduate and current state employee has produced a controversial and highly accurate visualization of a new Jersey
, though some may be offended.
posted by otto42
on Dec 8, 2011 -
The Field Day festival, intended to be a two-day outdoor show in Calverton, NY, (Eastern Long Island) has now been reduced to a single day,
and will be held at Giants Stadium in NJ. Tickets will be automatically refunded -- you must purchase new
tickets to the NJ show.
posted by metrocake
on Jun 5, 2003 -