Yankee Doodle Lanky

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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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