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Thread #59418   Message #1857414
Posted By: Rapparee
12-Oct-06 - 09:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Amos! Have you never heard of

...the face that launched a thousand ships
And toppled the topless towers of Ilium?

Well, Ilium* was a made-up name for the town of Ilap, which was well known a sleaze bag of a place. Problem was, ol' Jethro Homer, the blind poet, couldn't rhyme Ilap. With what? Jalap?   So when Chris Marlowe wrote about Big Johnny Faustus and his deal with the Capo of the Red Gang, he'd have to write something like

...the result of a thousand pills of Jalap
And buried the topless bars of Ilap

at the very least it wouldn't have been very flattering to Helen, would it?

*Back in Jethro Homer's time "Ilium" was the name of an ingredient in toothpaste. Ilium has the chemical compostion HF, and although it did both whiten teeth and supply fluoride it wasn't used for very long.