Friday, July 13, 2007

Looks like a blogging event; sort of like many of us tomorrow night

There's going to be an even bigger meeting of great minds tomorrow night at Keegan's Irish Pub. The first thing that struck me in the picture was the painting. It looks like the horse could be pooping right on GW's head. Actually, the real reason it struck me was the fact that the horse is rearing up with both front legs in the air.

It wasn't until just a few years ago that I ever heard about the importance of the horse's position in statues and paintings. If the horse has both front legs in the air, it means the rider died in combat. If one leg is raised, the rider died from wounds related to combat, but not on the field. If the horse has all 4 legs planted on the ground, the rider died in some manner other than battle. (at least I think that's the way it goes)

Anybody know who the soldier is in this picture?


Anonymous said...

It figures. I just checked this theory online, and some urban legend site says that this isn't a real strict convention. They said around Gettysburg it holds true to a point; but, around the D.C. area, there are many exceptions to the rule, so they say the myth is busted. It was a romantic thought though.


Ben Worley said...

Looking forward to seeing you and the crew!

Anonymous said...

The soldier is my hero: Teddy Roosevelt!