April 24, 2009

The Trojan Horse

Apparently, on April 24th, 1184 BC, the Achaeans entered Troy by using the famous "Trojan Horse" strategy.  At least this is the traditional date referenced by "Wikipedia".  

Once inside Troy, the Achaeans jumped out of the wooden horse, opened the gates for the rest of the Greek Army, and destroyed the city in one fell swoop, thus ending the famous Trojan War.  Damn!  All the fav's were there: Odysseus, Achilles, Agamemnon, Greater Ajax, Lesser Ajax, and 2X-Ultra Ajax.

The proverb "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" is often misconstrued as being associated with the trojan horse, but this assertion is verifiably bullshit.  It is true that if one had looked the trojan horse in the mouth, they might have got a poison arrow in their forehead or chest, but the true meaning of the phrase dealt with examining a horse's teeth (usually through the peanut butter test) when getting one as a gift.  Apparently that wasn't okay back then.  Today it would be like asking how much something costs when receiving a gift, or asking where something was bought and if they had a gift receipt, "just in case the gift doesn't work out".       

But, uh, back to the lecture at hand, perfection is perfected, so I'm a let'em understand, from a young G's perspective, the trojan horse was a marvel of military ingenuity.  To this day, the Greeks use trojan horse's in all their military tactics, which is why they are ranked 27th in global military strength, barely beating Taiwan.    


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