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Is it mere coincidence that the Grim Reaper is holding a scythe?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 20, 2011 at 11:14 PM

as in a grain farmer's implement ?! (wasn't sure what punctuation to use there so i just went with both.) ::: cue dramatic music ::: Or is it just another hidden layer of meaning on the tattoo I will likely never get?

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 24, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Nah - he just can't hold his booze

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 24, 2011
at 03:49 PM

haha - good one!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on May 23, 2011
at 02:38 AM

:-)) True, he probably has terrible headaches all of the time too.

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on May 21, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I didn't mean avoiding gluten would make you immortal :) Ashley seems to have gotten my "point".

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on May 21, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Is there gluten in salmon mousse?

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on May 21, 2011
at 03:58 PM

love it! (except where *is* mama? boooo)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 21, 2011
at 09:58 AM

Thats probably why. I once visited Romania and got on a rural bus on which half the other passengers were farm workers each carrying a huge scythe :) Times havent changed much in some places.

61e254571b4c792bca87340a090a3ea1

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:45 AM

don't worry Matthew I still use a scythe when harvesting goodies for our goats in places they can go.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on May 21, 2011
at 01:33 AM

As long as the mauling takes place in a field of amber colored grain. ;-)

Aebee51dc2b93b209980a89fa4a70c1e

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I'm pretty sure that, no matter how perfect your eating, you're still going to die.

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:26 AM

maybe he's just gassy from the gluten. that could be a damper to any archetypal symbol's confidence.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

More like scythe in one hand, gallon jug of canola oil in the other.

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(5136)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:16 AM

because you're from Scotland and you guys have lots of grass to mow? and green everything? Scotland really is quite beautiful.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Downvoted for joking, lol, alright then.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I still associate scythes more with mowing grass for some reason.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:57 PM

lol wikipedia for the win.

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:49 PM

yes, but when did the Reaper come to be known by his present image? from the 15th century onwards! coincidentally around the exact same time the scythe replaced the sickle as the tool for harvesting crops! ::: cue same music *again*! ::: (wikipedia saves the joke!)

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:27 PM

no i think being killed by grains is just fine with the paleo concept... but if you'd like, how about the grim reaper holding a scythe in one hand and a three headed lion on a leash with the other?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:20 PM

Yes, I love it. But today the Grim Reaper is driving a $500,000 green John Deere Harvestor paid for by your tax dollars.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Hahahahahaha...

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on May 22, 2011
at 08:09 AM

Let's look at the facts...

  • He's not looking very healthy these days. I'm pretty certain the grain gluten has had a significant impact on his body composition. I mean... look at his bone structure.

  • He appears to be quite disturbed. I have often wondered if some kind of autoimmune personality disorder from his wheat harvest is plaguing him.

  • We have talked about looking at the physical form of the health gurus of Paleo, and some have noted that it's tough to follow a person who doesn't seem to be a positive walking testimony for their lifestyle. Well... I dunno bout you, but I might have a hard time getting motivated to look like this guy.

  • He's also a bit pale in the face, almost like he is malnourished or something. Maybe it's too much phytic acid? Or maybe the gluten proteins have completely eroded the lining of his gut, which then led to total erosion of the remainder of his body including his skin. I bet his vision is suffering too. We don't know that for sure, but is it really that much of a coincidence that I know TONS of people on the Standard American Diet that look just like this?

So there you have it folks... I don't think it's a coincidence at all. Ye be warned.. mu-ah ah ah!

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76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Little known fact: the grim reaper's fingertips are made of pure gluten. Avoid the touch of death.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Scythes were first used for mowing grass to produce hay to feed to livestock.

Only later on did the scythe replace the sickle and so were also used for harvesting cereal crops.

61e254571b4c792bca87340a090a3ea1

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:45 AM

don't worry Matthew I still use a scythe when harvesting goodies for our goats in places they can go.

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(5136)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:49 PM

yes, but when did the Reaper come to be known by his present image? from the 15th century onwards! coincidentally around the exact same time the scythe replaced the sickle as the tool for harvesting crops! ::: cue same music *again*! ::: (wikipedia saves the joke!)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on May 21, 2011
at 09:58 AM

Thats probably why. I once visited Romania and got on a rural bus on which half the other passengers were farm workers each carrying a huge scythe :) Times havent changed much in some places.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:57 PM

lol wikipedia for the win.

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(5136)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:16 AM

because you're from Scotland and you guys have lots of grass to mow? and green everything? Scotland really is quite beautiful.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I still associate scythes more with mowing grass for some reason.

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91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Suppose we need a new symbol for death then. Maybe a wild animal? Getting mauled by a lion seems pretty paleo.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

More like scythe in one hand, gallon jug of canola oil in the other.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on May 21, 2011
at 01:33 AM

As long as the mauling takes place in a field of amber colored grain. ;-)

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Downvoted for joking, lol, alright then.

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(5136)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:27 PM

no i think being killed by grains is just fine with the paleo concept... but if you'd like, how about the grim reaper holding a scythe in one hand and a three headed lion on a leash with the other?

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on May 21, 2011
at 03:41 PM

http://paleosister.wordpress.com/ Loved this cartoon - thanks paleosister

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(5136)

on May 21, 2011
at 03:58 PM

love it! (except where *is* mama? boooo)

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Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on May 21, 2011
at 02:33 AM

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on May 21, 2011
at 12:21 AM

According to Family Guy, the grim reaper can't seem to get a date. Must be the scythe.

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(5136)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:26 AM

maybe he's just gassy from the gluten. that could be a damper to any archetypal symbol's confidence.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on May 23, 2011
at 02:38 AM

:-)) True, he probably has terrible headaches all of the time too.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 24, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Nah - he just can't hold his booze

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