Free Range by Bill Whitehead

Free Range

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  1. pinkx

    pinkx said, about 2 years ago

    One myth’s as good as another.

  2. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 2 years ago

    Doesn’t look like a stream bed to me.
    pinkx: No, a myth ith ath good ath a mile.

  3. Sailor 46

    Sailor 46 said, about 2 years ago

    Apparently Goliath didn’t either!

  4. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, about 2 years ago

    Could’ve been Polyphemus this time.

  5. markmoss1

    markmoss1 said, about 2 years ago


    David and Goliath is one of the more believable chapters in the Old Testament, if you discount some exaggeration of Goliath’s size and David’s accuracy. He might possibly have been as tall as Shaq O’Neil, but was more likely around 6’6". That was “giant” enough when the average height was about 5’ even. Furthermore, it’s likely that his king valued his “giant” enough to commission the same sort of armor kings and high nobles wore into battle, at a cost that could equip a whole company of ordinary soldiers.

    So neither David nor any other Israeli was going to beat Goliath hand to hand. His best chance was to use a distance weapon, and refusing armor improved his chances of keeping his distance long enough to get in an effective shot. David used the weapon in which he was an expert. Don’t mistake that for the modern elastic-based slingshot – the sling is two strong strings attached to a pouch to hold the stone. You whirl it around until it reaches a high speed, and let go of one of the strings to release the stone. The velocity of that stone probably exceeded any other hand-held weapon before firearms. It outranged most bows, and it could easily cave in a skull if you managed to hit the right spot. And that’s the problem. You dont point and shoot a sling, but rather have to precisely time the release to control which way the stone went. Helmets of that era did not cover the face, but to actually kill a man with a stone to the face you have to hit within a fairly small area of the face, and it would seem like that precise a shot would require timing beyond the capabilities of the human nervous system.

    So maybe David just got lucky, or maybe Goliath chased him all around the battlefield until his 20th shot got lucky. Even if it was the first shot, it’s not the last time that a battle was ended by a lucky shot – look up Billy Dixon’s half-mile shot with a black powder rifle at Adobe Walls, and that one is a documented historical event.

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