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2014-06-25 10:27:49 PM
Indy shot first!
 
2014-06-25 10:34:02 PM
www.i-mockery.com
 
2014-06-25 11:21:02 PM
if it wasn't for him, that ad lib never would have worked.
 
2014-06-26 12:26:02 AM
That's the one thing I gotta say I do miss. There was a time where action sequences were impressive because you know people were risking their lives.  It will be a lost artform one day.
 
2014-06-26 12:41:33 AM
Bio reads like a Dos Equis most interesting man in the world commercial.

/Stay thirsty, my friends.
 
2014-06-26 12:45:01 AM

ManateeGag: if it wasn't for him, that ad lib never would have worked.


Yeah... he definitely sold that one

/and it was perfect
 
2014-06-26 04:08:52 AM
The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.
 
2014-06-26 04:27:23 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.


well it is a cavalry sword, so not really meant for dueling.
 
2014-06-26 04:29:33 AM

ReaverZ: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

well it is a cavalry sword, so not really meant for dueling.


Someone should have told Steven Spielberg, because that sword guy died for nothing, then.
 
2014-06-26 05:05:47 AM
I submitted this earlier with the headline "Man who brought a really big knife to gunfight dies at 81."

No, I'm not bitter. Not...at all.
 
mhd
2014-06-26 05:10:13 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.


These days? Persian?
 
2014-06-26 05:11:01 AM

mhd: AverageAmericanGuy: I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

These days? Persian?


You don't know any Persians?

What a sheltered, white-bread life you must lead...
 
2014-06-26 05:17:50 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: mhd: AverageAmericanGuy: I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

These days? Persian?

You don't know any Persians?

What a sheltered, white-bread life you must lead...


Wasn't the guy Arab in the movie? As for not knowing any Persians I can't say I have either.
 
mhd
2014-06-26 06:07:28 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: You don't know any Persians?


I just fail to see how a guy in Cairo in 1936 has anything to do with contemporary Persians.
 
2014-06-26 06:09:12 AM

markie_farkie: Indy shot first!


Goddammit!

/Shut down the thread
 
2014-06-26 06:12:18 AM
R.I.P Pierce Brosnan
 
2014-06-26 06:34:32 AM
Cause he's the unknown stuntman who made Harrison Ford such a star.
 
2014-06-26 07:33:55 AM

mhd: These days? Persian?


A lot of people who fled Iran during and after the 1979 revolution call themselves Persian.
 
2014-06-26 07:41:58 AM
If there's ever a remake, they can use this guy.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-26 07:43:00 AM
Al Leong is still alive though, right?
 
2014-06-26 08:15:16 AM

ReaverZ: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

well it is a cavalry sword, so not really meant for dueling.


And weren't the big heavy scimitars used for executions?
 
2014-06-26 08:16:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: mhd: AverageAmericanGuy: I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

These days? Persian?

You don't know any Persians?

What a sheltered, white-bread life you must lead...


Is Persian Kitty still around?
 
mhd
2014-06-26 08:18:30 AM

ko_kyi: A lot of people who fled Iran during and after the 1979 revolution call themselves Persian.


Sure, but the guy in the picture is neither from "these days" nor is he supposed to be "Persian".
 
2014-06-26 08:36:08 AM

markie_farkie: Indy shot first!


Thread over in the Boobies. Someone hit the lights.

/subby
 
2014-06-26 08:36:54 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.


The thing he's got there is not a typical scimitar/sabre.  Something like this would be a lot more common:

interestingswords.com

And as a cavalry weapon, they worked just fine - the curve helped the sword avoid getting stuck in the other guy.

Now, I can't *personally* attest to how well they hold up when you dual-wield them against orcs and goblins, but I hear that's a pretty popular style these days...
 
2014-06-26 08:47:29 AM

lamecomedian: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

The thing he's got there is not a typical scimitar/sabre.  Something like this would be a lot more common:

[interestingswords.com image 300x71]

And as a cavalry weapon, they worked just fine - the curve helped the sword avoid getting stuck in the other guy.

Now, I can't *personally* attest to how well they hold up when you dual-wield them against orcs and goblins, but I hear that's a pretty popular style these days...


I always figured that the extra depth of a scimitar blade was a way to add mass (and thus increase the force and momentum of the blade) without adding thickness that could make it more likely to stick in the target.

Then again, it could just be for looks.
 
2014-06-26 08:57:11 AM

Cybernetic: lamecomedian: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

The thing he's got there is not a typical scimitar/sabre.  Something like this would be a lot more common:

[interestingswords.com image 300x71]

And as a cavalry weapon, they worked just fine - the curve helped the sword avoid getting stuck in the other guy.

Now, I can't *personally* attest to how well they hold up when you dual-wield them against orcs and goblins, but I hear that's a pretty popular style these days...

I always figured that the extra depth of a scimitar blade was a way to add mass (and thus increase the force and momentum of the blade) without adding thickness that could make it more likely to stick in the target.

Then again, it could just be for looks.


Taking nothing away from Arab metalworkers, I suspect the added vertical width of the blade may have
allowed it to retain structural integrity with lower quality steel, aside from also adding weight.

Scimitars were such good weapons against un- and lightly-armoured footmen that the Crusaders started
using the Falchion to try and match them.
 
2014-06-26 09:12:24 AM

Teaser: If there's ever a remake, they can use this guy.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 480x360]


I looked at the link and thought it WAS that kid.
 
mhd
2014-06-26 09:37:55 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Taking nothing away from Arab metalworkers, I suspect the added vertical width of the blade may have
allowed it to retain structural integrity with lower quality steel, aside from also adding weight.


If that was actually used. Might just be the parade version or an executioner's weapon, and not a practical scimitar. It's not like Hollywood has a good track record in that regard, never mind that people bearing long blades in modern times usually do so for ceremonial purposes anyway. And if not, you're more likely slashing some unarmored civilians, where you'll do fine with a wide variety of semi-practical killing implements.
 
2014-06-26 09:58:54 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: ReaverZ: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

well it is a cavalry sword, so not really meant for dueling.

Someone should have told Steven Spielberg, because that sword guy died for nothing, then.


Curved swords look scarier.
 
2014-06-26 09:59:35 AM

Fano: ReaverZ: AverageAmericanGuy: The scimitar looks like a terrible weapon to wield. Heavy and gawky with a flat area that is mostly useless. Even today, we don't see any swords like that except in comic books and fantasy literature.

I guess that's why we don't see any world-class Persian swordsmen these days.

well it is a cavalry sword, so not really meant for dueling.

And weren't the big heavy scimitars used for executions?


Good point.
 
2014-06-26 10:18:26 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ManateeGag: if it wasn't for him, that ad lib never would have worked.

Yeah... he definitely sold that one

/and it was perfect


Sold it better than Ziggler.
 
2014-06-26 10:48:43 AM
 
2014-06-26 11:34:39 AM
So what the article is saying is that behind the dark-skinned, sword-wielding Arab was a feeble, crusty old white man?
 
2014-06-26 12:09:35 PM
FTFA: He also starred in no less than nine James Bond films, and in Star Wars, as well as providing body doubles for Tom Selleck, Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland throughout his 50 year career.

I do not think that word means what you think it means.  Stuntmen do not star in movies.  Stuntmen  perform in movies.
 
2014-06-26 02:46:32 PM

mhd: AverageAmericanGuy: You don't know any Persians?

I just fail to see how a guy in Cairo in 1936 has anything to do with contemporary Persians.


The guy was on a business trip from Marfa, Texas and was the son of Arab and Persian immigrants who came to America via Cuba via New Orleans in the 1890s. Knowing Arabic, this fellow was an early player in horse buying deals which sought to improve the racing stock in Texas with Arabian bloodlines. Visiting Cairo in 1936, he had purchased a replica scimitar from a street vendor and a fracas ensued. Thinking it was all street theatre, similar to other performances he had witnessed in Morocco, Egypt, Transjordan, and elsewhere, he was swept up in the drama and menaced one of the characters with his prop sword. He was shot, but survived thanks mostly to luck and returned home to America. He would be killed only 5 years later serving aboard the USS Arizona.

The Indiana Jones EU contains some surprising, but a tad prosaic, entries.
 
2014-06-26 03:10:15 PM

Doc Batarang: mhd: AverageAmericanGuy: You don't know any Persians?

I just fail to see how a guy in Cairo in 1936 has anything to do with contemporary Persians.

The guy was on a business trip from Marfa, Texas and was the son of Arab and Persian immigrants who came to America via Cuba via New Orleans in the 1890s. Knowing Arabic, this fellow was an early player in horse buying deals which sought to improve the racing stock in Texas with Arabian bloodlines. Visiting Cairo in 1936, he had purchased a replica scimitar from a street vendor and a fracas ensued. Thinking it was all street theatre, similar to other performances he had witnessed in Morocco, Egypt, Transjordan, and elsewhere, he was swept up in the drama and menaced one of the characters with his prop sword. He was shot, but survived thanks mostly to luck and returned home to America. He would be killed only 5 years later serving aboard the USS Arizona.

The Indiana Jones EU contains some surprising, but a tad prosaic, entries.


i could totally believe this was in the comics.
 
2014-06-26 03:28:15 PM

Doc Batarang: The guy was on a business trip from Marfa, Texas and was the son of Arab and Persian immigrants who came to America via Cuba via New Orleans in the 1890s. Knowing Arabic, this fellow was an early player in horse buying deals which sought to improve the racing stock in Texas with Arabian bloodlines. Visiting Cairo in 1936, he had purchased a replica scimitar from a street vendor and a fracas ensued. Thinking it was all street theatre, similar to other performances he had witnessed in Morocco, Egypt, Transjordan, and elsewhere, he was swept up in the drama and menaced one of the characters with his prop sword. He was shot, but survived thanks mostly to luck and returned home to America. He would be killed only 5 years later serving aboard the USS Arizona.


But anyway, we delivered the bomb.
 
2014-06-26 03:31:48 PM

Hilarity_N_Sues: ManateeGag: if it wasn't for him, that ad lib never would have worked.

If it wasn't for Harrison Ford having the trots that day, that ad lib never would have even existed.


i get that, but if the stuntman didn't react to getting shot by selling it and falling back, then the scene gets scrapped entirely.
 
2014-06-26 09:29:15 PM

Clutch2013: I submitted this earlier with the headline "Man who brought a really big knife to gunfight dies at 81."

No, I'm not bitter. Not...at all.


Who cares?  Surely you don't care?  If you actually care, then that is the saddest thing I'll read all day.
 
2014-06-26 10:03:31 PM

Shuna Sassi: Clutch2013: I submitted this earlier with the headline "Man who brought a really big knife to gunfight dies at 81."

No, I'm not bitter. Not...at all.

Who cares?  Surely you don't care?  If you actually care, then that is the saddest thing I'll read all day.


img.fark.net

Oh, I'm all torn up.

Spent the entire day in a foggy haze, I did.
 
2014-06-27 02:01:46 AM
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