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** "Windwagon" Smith, a former sea captain who blew into the town of Westport, MO in a sail-powered Conestoga wagon.
13th Dec '16 6:04:32 AM Morgenthaler
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21st Sep '16 7:44:10 PM Andyroid
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** Myth/PaulBunyan
** Pecos Bill
** Slue Foot Sue
** Rip Van Winkle

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** Myth/PaulBunyan
Myth/PaulBunyan, the giant lumberjack, who cut timber all across the continental United States with his blue ox Babe.
** Pecos Bill
** Slue Foot Sue
Bill, the archetypal cowboy, and the love of his life Slue-Foot Sue.
** Rip Van WinkleWinkle, who drank and played ninepins with TheFairFolk and wound up falling asleep for twenty years.
** Annie Christmas, former slave, keel boat pilot, and strongest woman on the Mississippi.
8th Aug '16 5:46:38 PM Morgenthaler
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Tall tales arose, more or less, from braggy exaggerations and other cock-and-bull stories. They may contain exaggerations of actual characters or events, or they can be entirely made up. Common prototypes for tall tales are [[TheCatfish fish stories]] ("it was this big!") (which makes it transparent where the “tall” humor is coming from), as well as the the [[FearsomeCritters hunter's story]], the [[MilesGloriosus war story]], and [[TheMunchausen the traveler's story]]. Tall Tales are inherently related to {{Satire}}, although they are usually humorous and good-natured.

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Tall tales arose, more or less, from braggy exaggerations and other cock-and-bull stories. They may contain exaggerations of actual characters or events, or they can be entirely made up. Common prototypes for tall tales are [[TheCatfish fish stories]] ("it was this big!") (which makes it transparent where the “tall” "tall" humor is coming from), as well as the the [[FearsomeCritters hunter's story]], the [[MilesGloriosus war story]], and [[TheMunchausen the traveler's story]]. Tall Tales are inherently related to {{Satire}}, although they are usually humorous and good-natured.



Tall tales are also often told in a way that makes [[UnreliableNarrator the narrator]] seem to have been a part of the story. If he himself is the hero, there are likely to follow outrageous [[BadassBoast Badass Boasts]] (often followed by the praise of one’s own modesty). This kind of a narrator is a [[TheMunchausen Munchausen]] or a MilesGloriosus. Standard stylistic devices are also the insistence on factuality, and the pitying of naïve skeptics for their disbelief.

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Tall tales are also often told in a way that makes [[UnreliableNarrator the narrator]] seem to have been a part of the story. If he himself is the hero, there are likely to follow outrageous [[BadassBoast Badass Boasts]] (often followed by the praise of one’s one's own modesty). This kind of a narrator is a [[TheMunchausen Munchausen]] or a MilesGloriosus. Standard stylistic devices are also the insistence on factuality, and the pitying of naïve skeptics for their disbelief.



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* The several books under the label ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).

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* The several books under the label ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', by Erich Rudolph Raspe (1785-1789 and 1792) and Gottfried August Bürger (1788).



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1st May '16 6:03:19 PM JackG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Haddock tells the story of his ancestor battling the feared pirate Red Rackham. The events have clearly been exaggerated somewhat over the generations (and quite a few whiskey bottles).
15th Feb '16 1:43:14 AM jormis29
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** The short "Boundin'" is a tall tale that features a [[FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore Jackalope]].

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** The short "Boundin'" is a tall tale that features a [[FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore Jackalope]].{{Jackalope}}.
8th Feb '16 4:22:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Lilian Jackson Braun's ''TheCatWhoSeries'', crime journalist Jim Qwilleran collects various tall tales from around Moose County, and eventually publishes them.

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* In Lilian Jackson Braun's ''TheCatWhoSeries'', ''Literature/TheCatWhoSeries'', crime journalist Jim Qwilleran collects various tall tales from around Moose County, and eventually publishes them.
7th Nov '15 7:44:17 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a Myth/PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.

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* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'', ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'', which is set on a future Mars that is being terraformed, people still tell stories of a Myth/PaulBunyan-type figure called "Big Man," but they make him out as a TricksterArchetype creator figure, not unlike Raven in Native American mythology. This is an InUniverse illustration of how tall tales can evolve into mythology.
24th Aug '15 10:25:00 AM DrFraud
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* Grandpa Hercules from Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales'' is the town tall tale teller, spinning a wide variety of highly improbable yarns of his youth and his alleged ancestors.

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* Grandpa Grampa Hercules from Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales'' is the town tall tale teller, spinning a wide variety of highly improbable yarns of his youth and his alleged ancestors.
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