Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.

Moderator: Moderators

User avatar
Master Thomas Pike
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 28, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Sheffield

Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.

Postby Master Thomas Pike » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:37 pm

Hey Everyone,

I have only been reenacting now for around 5/6 months but having not yet missed one of our shows it has been interesting to talk to a wide variety of the public and to try and answer some of the questions and statements presented.

I thought I would start a thread in which we can share these little nuggets of 'wisdom'.

MTP

p.s. Please remember that this is not meant as a mean dig against the public, just some fun. A few of my best friends are even public members! :wink:

Let me start:
"So are you tramps?" asked by a young girl just after a friend of mine and I had explained to her brother that we were not Romans but medieval English.



User avatar
Malvoisin
Posts: 275
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:02 am
Location: Bulewelle

Re: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.

Postby Malvoisin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:43 pm

Master Thomas Pike wrote:I thought I would start a thread in which we can share these little nuggets of 'wisdom'.


Join the club. :roll: http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=18299

Search and you'll find many other "aren't normal people silly, not like us" etc, blah, blah, etc, type threads on this forum.... ZZzzzz.


Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses... In peacetime

User avatar
Master Thomas Pike
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 28, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Sheffield

Postby Master Thomas Pike » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:52 pm

lol I can't say I am surprised to find threads just like this one but I didn't know they exsisted or where they were. =D

Like I say above it is entertaining to hear some of the things people come out with.

One of our members has a great responce to "Is that a real fire?" which I'll wait till he posts it up here to share. =)



the real lord duvet

Postby the real lord duvet » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:37 pm

is it "f*** off you stupid chav"?



User avatar
fangorn
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:33 pm
Location: Sheaffeld
Contact:

Postby fangorn » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:58 pm

i doubt it, that would lower you to beyond their level ! :D


"And upon taking the oath to St Lazarus, he did raise his hand, and lo, it did drop off ! ! "

Image

the real lord duvet

Postby the real lord duvet » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:04 pm

there are many games that the old hands play at events. talk to jim smith about the strange ending sentence game first played at ludlow.



Trading-Dragon
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:26 pm

Postby Trading-Dragon » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:39 pm

In favour of our general public I would like to say that our Have-a-Go Archery attracts many interested young men who, although in tracksuits, will display an amazing level of skill and understanding in the handling of the bow. Others are complete numpties. Very often it's society itself that breeds them by depriving them of a broader horizon of interesting experiences.

There are many reasons why this is so: health and safety culture, no more school excursions, and sheltered living are some of my pet hates.

And still, if you take all this into considerations you still meet some people who are just THICK.

"Is that a real fire" is my all-time favorite, followed closely by a guy who haughtily exclaimed that he'd done archery before and that I ought to stop patronizing him. He promptly shot a nice groove into his index finger because he'd overdrawn the bow before I could stop him. Luckily he felt too embarrassed to sue us..!
...and then the lady who ran her mobility scooter through two lines of safety rope and traffic cones into out battle arena, nearly strangling herself on the rope in the process...you gotta love 'em. :?


Books are like imprisoned souls until someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them...

User avatar
Medicus Matt
Post Knight
Posts: 1470
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:16 pm
Location: Zummerzet
Contact:

Postby Medicus Matt » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:29 am

Trading-Dragon wrote:In favour of our general public I would like to say that our Have-a-Go Archery attracts many interested young men who, although in tracksuits, will display an amazing level of skill and understanding in the handling of the bow.


For heavens sake, don't arm the b*ggers! :shock:


"I never said that I was here to help."

Marcus Woodhouse
Absolute Wizard
Posts: 3337
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:35 pm

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:45 pm

A really clever, interesting and challenging questions from MOP would be far more original. :roll:


OSTENDE MIHI PECUNIAM!

User avatar
Hraefn
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:16 pm
Location: Concreton

Postby Hraefn » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:31 pm

Like "So when did we (meaning humans) start keeping chickens then?"
That made me think....


That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.'

User avatar
Malvoisin
Posts: 275
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:02 am
Location: Bulewelle

Postby Malvoisin » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:52 pm

Hraefn wrote:Like "So when did we (meaning humans) start keeping chickens then?"
That made me think....


I had that one, but about peacocks in england, I couldn't give an answer :oops: ...
Well I don't know everything! :lol:


Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses... In peacetime

User avatar
craig1459
Post Centurion
Posts: 646
Joined: Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:06 am
Location: Derby
Contact:

Postby craig1459 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:02 pm

The sillier the questions, the more purpose we have


die Behmen hinder iren bafosen ... stunden vest wie die mauren

User avatar
fangorn
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:33 pm
Location: Sheaffeld
Contact:

Postby fangorn » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:06 pm

jorvic viking festival this year, in the traders tent at de cliffords furriers

"Mummy, whats that?" says a young lass to her mother, shes pointing at a horse tail.

her mother replies "i have'nt a clue" so i said, "its an 'osses bum !" :lol:

to which her mother replies "ahh but at least its not real" :roll:

so i picked up the tail and turned it over to show the hide attached to the hair saying to the girl "look its still got its bum attached"

young girl goes "coooooool" , her mother goes green and tries to walk away, unfortunatly the girl by this time has found the masks, pelts etc and her mothers face has just about gone through the rainbow of colour changing before she basically had to drag the lass away :D

made me chuckle anyway :lol:


"And upon taking the oath to St Lazarus, he did raise his hand, and lo, it did drop off ! ! "



Image

User avatar
Fox
Absolute Wizard
Posts: 2652
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:27 pm
Location: Cheshire

Postby Fox » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:40 am

I think the "is that a real...?" questions are just a sad reflection on our heritage industry, that their experience of historical sites is that a fire, or a baby or even a dog is going to be a fake.

But I never mind questions, no matter how stupid they first appear; I don't even mind the "but they didn't have..." statements, because they're really a form of question too.

What iritates me is parents who make things up for their children, right in front of you; especially if they're total, total hogwash.

And I could live without anyone referencing Braveheart again, although at least it's an opportunity to set the record straight.



User avatar
Medicus Matt
Post Knight
Posts: 1470
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:16 pm
Location: Zummerzet
Contact:

Postby Medicus Matt » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:58 am

Fox wrote:
What iritates me is parents who make things up for their children, right in front of you; especially if they're total, total hogwash.


Oh I enjoy those, especially if there are other MOPs listening.
Wait for parent to finish talking cobblers and then start off with "That's not entirely correct sir..."

The best ones are when the parent then tries to get arsey about it.


"I never said that I was here to help."

levyarcher
Posts: 235
Joined: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:53 pm
Location: Hereford
Contact:

Postby levyarcher » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:33 am

Fox
You surely don't mean that Mel got it wrong? NEVER!!!!
LMAO



Marcus Woodhouse
Absolute Wizard
Posts: 3337
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 8:35 pm

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:50 am

Then again while getting all self righteous about it there are plenty of re-enactors who spout total B***cks or regurgitate old, out of date facts and information to the public giving an equally distorted, false image.
The commentators who go on about the effectiveness of an arrowstorm, the ineffectiveness of cannons, crossbows only being used by foriegn mercenaries, the "give fire" call (I'm going to warn you that I'm about to fire a gun so you can duck and take cover even though we're 200 feet from any action), the parleys that never happened, the "fights of the Champions" stuff.
All a load of crap and much of it given out as well.
I think the only people who are stupid are the ones who don't ask questions, and that includes the ones who express disbelief at seeing a "real baby" or fire ( who like as not only state the obvious because they are amazed that someone would bring a baby along to a re-enactment when dealing with one in the "modern" world is so much hassle or that H&S allows-for the moment-real fires to be lit.)
I've asked questions on this forum that now make me cringe with embaressment, and see some which make me wonder just what on earth is going on-in fact the utter inanity of most of what gets posted here makes me want to barf half the time.
At the same time I acknowledge (and try to let the poster know) that there are occasions when I am granted access to ideas and knowledge that make my understanding of this period much greater. (Though this happens less and less, in part because I make an effort to research and get more satisfaction by doing this myself.)
The "Aren't MOP silly and aren't we clever" posts grate on me for two reasons. The first is that in most cases MOP have paid to come and see/talk to us, that suggests they have an interest and a desire to learn, if they knew it all they would stay at home or pick holes in the glaring inaccuracies (just as re-enactors do at shows or while watching films/T.V.), the second is that even the most well informed re-enactors who post here, people I have a real admiration and respect for, are quite clear that they actually know very little about the period.


OSTENDE MIHI PECUNIAM!

mike
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Postby mike » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:14 pm

Well here we go, in at the deep end with my first post here :oops:
Mostly I agree with what Marcus said above.
I have mostly maintained that the only stupid question is the one not asked and those that laugh at supposed "stupid question" often wanted to ask it too.
while wandering around at Kelmarsh this year young a lad was describing medieval archery equipment to a mum with her son. I had to bite my lip and walk away when he described his Hickory backed yew bow as a yew self bow. Another described his crescent arrow heads as horse cutters.
Not all MOP are stupid or ill informed. Some do not belong to reenactment groups but take at least a similar interest.
I've attended quite a few events and learnt a lot and hope I never stop learning. A lot of informative stuff on this site



User avatar
Fox
Absolute Wizard
Posts: 2652
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:27 pm
Location: Cheshire

Postby Fox » Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:37 pm

mike wrote:I had to bite my lip and walk away when he described his Hickory backed yew bow as a yew self bow.

That does seem an odd thing to say; are you certain that it wasn't what he said it was? [In other words, how did you know it was a hickory?]

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:...in most cases MOP have paid to come and see/talk to us, that suggests they have an interest and a desire to learn...

I don't think that's true at all. A sizable chunk of those attending want something like Medieval Times; they want to be entertained by a Hollywood Film in the flesh, not educated.
That isn't to say that we shouldn't educated the biggins while they're not looking, but if you set out with the false premise it doesn't help.



mike
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Postby mike » Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:57 pm

any bowman should be able tell a self bow, especially Yew, from a mile off. I've yet to see a self yew with a dead straight line between the sap and heart wood, along with no lumps, bumps or pins.
It didn't look like an Ash or Maple backing. Nothing wrong with that in itself, I have read that some yew was backed when the staves were of poorer quality but to portray what he was holding as a self yew is misleading IMO



User avatar
Fox
Absolute Wizard
Posts: 2652
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:27 pm
Location: Cheshire

Postby Fox » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:03 pm

Fair point. That indicates you had both a good enough view of what you saw and enough knowledge to know what your about.

So why did you bite your lip? You should have said something; get him out the habit of lying.



User avatar
John Waller
Post Knight
Posts: 1551
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:36 pm
Location: Surrey

Postby John Waller » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:15 pm

mike wrote: Another described his crescent arrow heads as horse cutters.


So what are they for then?


Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

mike
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Postby mike » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:02 pm

well they aint for cutting ships rigging either



Hobbitstomper
Posts: 327
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:04 pm

Postby Hobbitstomper » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:11 pm

Alledgedly birds.



User avatar
Medicus Matt
Post Knight
Posts: 1470
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:16 pm
Location: Zummerzet
Contact:

Postby Medicus Matt » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:15 pm

But weren't they used on the battlefield during the WotR? I'm sure I saw a reference to them being used at Tewkesbury somewhere.

Or did they stop to bag a brace for lunch?


"I never said that I was here to help."

User avatar
John Waller
Post Knight
Posts: 1551
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:36 pm
Location: Surrey

Postby John Waller » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:28 pm

mike wrote:well they aint for cutting ships rigging either


So come on then. What do you know?


Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

mike
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Postby mike » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:33 pm

the speed an arrow hits something like a goose, wouldn't be a good idea to have an arrow head that doesn't fully penetrate or even go right through?
There have been hundreds founds in old quays and some have speculated about ships rigging. as foul as they may taste, sea birds are a more likely target than tar coated rigging.
Do think the tendons of horses are going to be cut but a crescent head? you'd have be the finest archer on earth to achieve that, let alone allow for nay arrow spin. and why specifically aim at the legs when any part of a war horse penetrated deeply enough by any sort of head, would have the desired effect.



Hobbitstomper
Posts: 327
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:04 pm

Postby Hobbitstomper » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:02 pm

Not sure what you mean Mike about geese.

I think the theory is that they are plenty for pheasants, pigeons and the like but are more likely to twist themselves out of they hit a tree or just bounce off undergrowth. A bit like a zudo point. Needs someone to do some experimentation.



User avatar
Hraefn
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:16 pm
Location: Concreton

Postby Hraefn » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:58 pm

I think they are just the muddyevil equivilent of a dumdum, nasty ripping tearing things.


That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.'

mike
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Postby mike » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:16 pm

nasty tearing ripping things they may be but as soon they hit bone, they stop.
I only picked out geese as an example. the inside of the crescent is sharpened, not the outer, so maiming the bird enough it can't fly.




Return to “1100-1500”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests