Who was the legless man discovered on a Nova Scotia beach in 1863?


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#2

“Call me Fishmeal.”


#3

Meanwhile, on another coast of Canada:


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What’s so unusual about finding someone legless in Nova Scotia?


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They called him, “Bob”, until he hit the shoreline. Then he was, “Lay”.


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Little known fact, he actually bounced across the water before landing on land.

Also, his name is ‘Skip’


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He eventually got a job as a doorman at a local hotel. From then on, he was known to the regulars as “Matt”.


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The preceding comments are exactly the sort of insightful and nuanced thoughts that demonstrate the empathic and humane character one associates with BoingBoing readers.


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“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
– Buddha


#10

Having just come from reading that thread, I salute you, sir or madam.


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He dabble in conceptual stuff for a while. Hung himself on the wall and called himself “Art.”

For a short while, he repaired potholes. Went by the alias “Phil.”


#12

Why, thank you, kind person.


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QUICK - TO THE PUNMOBILE.

Some articles are just an excuse to race over and be the first to make awful obvious puns.
And I love it.


#14

I’m assuming he must be the last of Barrett’s Privateers.

A broken man on a Halifax pier…


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“And the main truck carried off both me legs…”

Mystery solved! Good catch.


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All the internets you have won today!

(In reality, it was about 85 years later…what are the odds of two legless sailors ending up on the same coastline like that?)


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Let’s see. “The year was 1778”. Six years later (1784) he reaches Halifax “in my 23rd year”, i.e. 22 years old.

1863-1784=79 years, plus 22, means he was 101 when discovered on the beach.

I suspect he may have been an imposter.


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