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BDNeon
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07:49:43 AM Dec 15th 2013
Why the "no quotes" warning? I was just about to add a perfect one. Scotsman: "Ye call that thing dangling off yer hip a sword? Looks like a butter knife! Ye'll nae hurt anyone wielding a piece of tinfoil around! You'd be better off using yer slippers for a weapon! THIS, is a sword!
  • long drawn out sword unsheathing*
Scotsman: "And it's bigger then yours." —-Samurai Jack.
mhj0808
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08:22:37 PM Feb 19th 2012
I don't think Cloud and the buster sword are really big enough to REALLY bring the house down on this trope... I think the Panther Lily photo from the image links section of this article conveys the point across much better, not to mention its much funnier seeing the sheer ridiculousness of that sword.
Kernigh
05:32:31 PM Jul 25th 2013
The source comment says, "Do not even think about changing this image."

Doh! Now I'm thinking about changing this image. And now everyone reading this comment is thinking about changing this image. "It's like being told not to think of a rhinoceros with a teacup."

New brain challenge: don't think of a fifty-foot (15 m) long crossbow.
ZombieLeprachaun
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03:30:19 AM Jul 24th 2011
Just wondering whether too bring up a difference between real and (most) fictional BFS. Real life examples of this trope are long, but not noticeably wider than is typical for a sword, in stark contrast to the cricket-bat-esque examples found in fiction. The reason real life bfs are built this way is because a longer sword allows its wielder to strike opponents from further away, while a wider sword offers no real advantage* over a typical blade of comparable length, requires greater strength to use, slows recovery after striking and uses more metal (costing more to both smith and swordsman).

  • extra width does potentially make a blade more durable, provided the tang is also widened, and can help make the difference between an attack stopping when it strikes mail and shattering bones/driving mail into flesh, but the width should still be kept to the minimum practical value for use against a typical soldier of the area and era.
68.219.240.183
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07:50:52 PM Aug 7th 2010
I was expecting Biblical accounts to go under Real Life or Literature or Religion... David was a historical king of Israel, not a Myth, so "Mythology" is not really an appropriate categorization. Archeological proof of this was discovered in 1993 at Tel Dan.
Evilest_Tim
01:10:04 AM Aug 8th 2010
David and Goliath is the part that's a myth.
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