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Tallisms: Paul Bunyan Day (June 28th): Celebrating America’s Favorite Mythical Giant

May 30th, 2013

To end your week, here’s a little light reading and tall inspiration. 😉

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If you were to ask “What would a Big and Tall guy look like?” We would reply by describing Paul Bunyan. A giant bearded man wearing a red flannel shirt, jeans, and boots while carrying a big axe to chop down trees. To us, Big and Tall men are giants of men who perform feats of godly strength that leave you in awe, not slam dunk basketballs which ends up being the common stereotype. Inspiration comes in many shapes and sizes and for many people in Northern America, they celebrate Paul Bunyan’s mythical feats in a day long festival of feats of strength and skill (ax throwing, tug of war, cutting logs, log carrying, log sculpture, eating and height contest, etc.). Paul Bunyan is so popular to the masses that states and towns are fighting over claims that they are the original home of the Paul Bunyan man or story.




So who is Paul Bunyan and why is he famous?

Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. The stories originated as camp fire stories and then gained popularity when the stories were published in early 1900’s. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox “Babe” lived and travelled around country. He is “credited” for his many deeds which are:

  • He created logging in the U.S.
  • He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his blue ox.
  • He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.
  • He trained ants to do logging work.
  • Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

Obviously, Paul is a gifted ant whisperer with incredible strength whose trusted sidekick ox has a drinking problem and makes a mess after himself. If this isn’t tall inspiration, we don’t know what is. What is your tall inspiration?

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