| The inventingest inventor (an American tall tale)

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Now, everyone knows the world has all kinds of liars. There are the fellas who lie for their own benefit, and they don't care how the lies make you feel. And there are the liars who try to make you think that they think you're the smartest or the prettiest or the most wonderful person in the world only because they want something from you.


But the best liars are the liars who love a lie so much they'll go on forever telling you the whole whopping story. Those kinds of liars will stay up long after midnight telling you their tales. Those liars, in fact, don't want a thing from you. They only want to spin a yarn.


People say that's the kind of liar Bergstrom Stromberg was. $Www.FaiRy-TaLE.INFO¤àǚョひ

Bergstrom Stromberg was the fellow who always told stories about his great-uncle, Febold Feboldson, the famous Swedish inventor. Stromberg says his uncle was such a great inventor that he taught all the other inventors in the world everything they ever knew. He says Febold taught Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison and Eli Whitney and dozens of others. And maybe that's a lie. Probably it is.


But the thing is, Stromberg tells a good story, like the way, during the Year of Many Rains, when all the chickens were dying because their feet would sink into the mud and they couldn't climb out to walk around and peck their grain, Febold Feboldson came to the rescue with a most amazing invention. Stromberg says Febold put webbed feet on those chickens so they could wade. Says he flattened their bills so they could eat through mud. And he says those critters liked their new equipment so much they would jump into the big, huge puddles covering the land, and they would swim. Stromberg says people kept laughing at the way those chickens ducked under the water and came back up, so people started calling them ducks instead of chickens. Bergstrom Stromberg says that's how his great-uncle invented a whole new animal.


Now, another story Stromberg likes to tell goes way back to 1848, when all these pioneers were rushing out to California to make their fortunes panning for gold. In those days the big Swede, Febold Feboldson, was running a wagon train of ox teams and prairie schooners on the trail from Kansas City to San Francisco.


People say that that winter, a snowstorm hit that was so huge and the weather was so cold out on the prairies that all the snow out there turned to stone. They started calling that year The Year of the Petrified Snow because that snow was so hard it stayed on the ground right through spring, straight into summertime. It was so cold, not a single person would leave his house, much less agree to join Febold to help him run his wagon trains. ǚㄚ~ほλwww.Fairy-talE.inFOξЩ

So Febold started thinking about how to solve this problem. §β9www.fairY-TaLe。infoフЯФЧ∪

Being the great inventor he was, naturally Febold figured out a solution. He traveled with his wagons, all on his own, down to Death Valley in California, because that was the hottest place he knew on this green Earth. When he got there, he filled up his wagons with that desert sand. That sand was so hot, it held all its heat inside forever, so Febold wasn't cold as he traveled back up to the prairies. But as those wagons bounced over the plains, that sand flew out, and that hot sand spread everywhere, and when it hit the ground, the petrified snow just melted.


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