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21st Sep '17 11:47:54 AM JonnyB
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales The World Of Commander McBragg]]'', loosely based on Baron Munchausen, consisted of the eponymous [=McBragg=] telling ridiculous tall tales about himself. [[ExpositoryThemeTune Or so says the brag of McBragg.]]

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales The World Of Commander McBragg]]'', loosely based on Baron Munchausen, consisted of the eponymous [=McBragg=] telling ridiculous tall tales about himself.himself, including digging the Grand Canyon, building the Great Pyramid and digging the Panama Canal. [[ExpositoryThemeTune Or so says the brag of McBragg.]]
31st Aug '17 10:44:23 AM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': The episode "Short Tall Tales" revolves around Grim telling the [[FracturedFairyTale fractured]] tall tales of Pecos Billy, [[GenderFlip Paula Bunyan]] (Mandy) and John Henry (Irwin), and how he played a part in each of them.
30th Jul '17 8:45:02 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Jonathan's Swift's ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' combines political and social satire with the genre of the traveller's tall tale.

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* Jonathan's Swift's Creator/JonathanSwift's ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' combines political and social satire with the genre of the traveller's tall tale.
27th Jun '17 8:29:53 PM johnnye
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* "The Irish Rover" is about a ship sailing from Cork to New York. In addition to details like the ship having 27 masts and the voyage lasting several ''years'', the description of the cargo gets ever more outlandish with each verse ("five million hogs, six million dogs, seven million barrels of porter..."). The song also conveniently ends with the narrator as the sole survivor of the wrecked ship.
4th Apr '17 5:57:17 PM nombretomado
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18th Jan '17 9:50:07 AM Andyroid
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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).
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