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  • Which stories live forever?

    Jack the Ripper
    Troy (The Iliad/Odyssey)
    King Arthur
    The Titanic
    Atlantis

    Which stories, historical or not, do you think will live forever (current C21st politics not allowed).
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  • #2
    Atlantis seems to be an enduring enigma, born from a Socrates dialogue, Atlantis was to be an allegorical device to illustrate a moral argument. The place to where Atlantis resided was discussed in detail yet people still insist they have found, or continue to search for the lost continent. Lost worlds hold an appeal that still captures wild imaginations.
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    Ernest Hemingway.

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    • #3
      Shakespeare
      Tolkien
      Sherlock Holmes
      Agatha Christie

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      • #4
        The Iliad gets my vote. About thirty years ago the BBC made a documentary called 'In Search of the Trojan Wars'. The presenter found that some of the sites Homer mentions are still there today. I've just re-watched the series, it's as fascinating now as it was back in the day...
        when I was young and impressionable!


        The long toll of the brave
        Is not lost in darkness
        Over the fruitful earth
        And athwart the seas
        Hath passed the light of noble deeds
        Unquenchable forever.

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        • #5
          I would also vote for Sherlock and Shakespeare and add Frankenstein and Dracula to the mix. On a different note, those personal tales of misadventure from one's youth!

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          Dennis
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          • #6
            The BBC did the Oresteia on radio a few years ago, gave me goosebumps.

            https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pd7kv

            Not available now.

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            • #7
              The stories I like are... Patton's 3rd Army saving the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, An Alien spaceship with aliens at Area 51, The Battle of Stalingrad, The Alamo, Roark's Drift, Pickett's Charge, Hugh Hefner's private grotto at the Playboy Mansion, Caesar at Alesia, Stonewall Bar in San Francisco, gays vs. cops, Humpty Dumpty, to name but a few.
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              • #8
                Custer's defeat
                Roman Empire
                Spartans at Thermopylae
                Charge of the Light Brigade

                Mostly great stories of supreme sacrifice. People seem to love heroes and underdogs.
                Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                • #9
                  Adding to my list, the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain.

                  Regards,
                  Dennis
                  If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

                  Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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                  • #10
                    How many ages hence
                    Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
                    In states unborn and accents yet unknown!


                    Julius Casar, Act 3, Scene 1
                    I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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                    • #11
                      The stories that survive have more than one facet.

                      Jack the Ripper is more than 5 or so murders. It is actually a critique on the 'Perfect Britain' as was in 1888.

                      The Titanic is more than a tale of incompetence.

                      King Arthur is more than Celts vs Saxons. It's even more than royal propaganda.

                      Great stories have layers, have depth, and more than one specific issue.
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                      • #12
                        The moon landing. Though it's rather an event and a quote than a story, but I think it's one of the few monumental things from 20th century that will live on in the future. Funny that I can't really thing of anything from WW1 or WW2 that would live forever.
                        Wisdom is personal

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                        • #13
                          Mary Poppins
                          Winnie the Pooh
                          My worst jump story:
                          My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
                          As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
                          No lie.

                          ~
                          "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
                          -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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                          • #14
                            Gilgamesh
                            creator stories in many cultures
                            Hawaii 5-0
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                            • #15
                              Dickens, "A Christmas Carol."

                              Regards,
                              Dennis
                              If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

                              Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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