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Posted Dec 23, '12 at 8:35pm

Gantic

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Musical Bows

It should be of no surprise that the bow used in musical instruments is hypothesized to have derived from the hunting bow that is used to shoot arrows. It would not be surprising if this were true. Visually, they are very similar, both with fiber joining the ends of a length of flexible material. The biggest difference in this oversimplification is where the fiber joins the end of the musical bow: the frog. The introduction of the frog is as mysterious as when, perhaps, the hunting bow and the musical bow diverged. Or so one would think!

The other day I came across a first hand account, the earliest first hand account, of the creation of the frog. Sometime before the 15th century (the account was undated), an archetier's apprentice by the name of Daniel was finishing five bows his master had recently completed, as his master was away. The bows were to be sent to a local musician later that day and his master made the best of bows. Unfortunately, excitement as to the end of his apprenticeship preoccupied poor Daniel's mind and with a careless stroke, his hand slipped and snapped the end of one of his master's bow where the hair attached to the stick. There were no suitable replacements and there was no time to make a replacement it!

Frightened over the prospects of his future, as his master and the musician were influential people, Daniel scrambled to patch the broken bow, hoping the musician would find this to be a new style of bow. Hurriedly, he delivered the bows to the musician before his master returned and saw his misdeed. A few days later, the musician showed up at the work shop with the patched bow and demanded to speak to Daniel's master. With fear in his heart, Daniel called his master. To his surprise, the musician enjoyed the patched bow the most and declared that all bows he ordered be made this way. Never had Daniel achieved greater success. The frog was Dan's best mend.

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 9:13pm

Maverick4

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What I enjoy most about your pieces, Gantic, is how they are just whimsical enough to seem fantastic, while still maintaining a firm root in reality. And so something that might at first seem ordinary or even boring is now something enjoyable to read. Well done.

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 9:26pm

Gantic

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This isn't exactly a writing thread. It's closer to a joke and there's the rub! If a hidden joke is pointed out, the punchline has less impact, but if it is not known at face to be a joke, will it fly unnoticed overhead?

On second read, it's actually not that great. I was afraid I obscured it too much. Oh well. Obligatory TVTropes link.

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 10:05pm

Maverick4

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Like so?

Well now I feel stupid for missing the joke...

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 10:28pm

R2D21999

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I think the joke is supposed to be the sound a bow makes or wait... wow this is confusing, a guitar maybe? Was the bow in the shape of a guitar?

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 11:02pm

nichodemus

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The frog was Dan's best mend.


C'mon guys, just focus on the last line.

And the thread title!
 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 11:12pm

R2D21999

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I mixed the letters I got "The mog was Dan's best friend" maybe has to do with a friend or something.

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 11:14pm

R2D21999

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NO wait I got it now "The dog was man's best friend." Now what is that supposed to mean exactly?

 

Posted Dec 23, '12 at 11:18pm

nichodemus

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It's just a story which has been cooked up for one sole purpose. To set up the end line with it's pun.

 

Posted Dec 24, '12 at 5:25am

Freakenstein

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Obligatory TVTropes link.

TVTropes


No....No!

Speaking of which, isn't the "longest joke in the world" about Nate the Snake a Feghoot, excluding the word number limit?

I do think it's fantastic that I noticed the pun at 5:30 in the morning.
 
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