Yankee Doodle Lanky

What’s up with the Uncle Sam on stilts?  You see one in every Fourth of July parade.  Guy in patriotic pants, red, white and blue hat, white beard – about nine feet high.  What’s that all about?  As cool and as all-American as he is, I never really associated the US icon with a towering height.  I mean; he wasn’t a power forward for the Boston Celtics as far as I know.  He didn’t get bombarded with cosmic rays on an experimental spaceflight to the moon, thus gaining the super boss ability to stretch and elongate his body, I don’t think.  Why the bizarre association with extreme tallness?  Wouldn’t Uncle Sam be just as awesome in a muscle tee with a machine gun or rocket launcher?  You know full well he would.

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