Look! It is ‘El Tall One’ himself!

September 10, 2010

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Blog Guy, can you please settle a bet with my pedicurist’s pest control guy?

Sure. I’m just here to settle bets. What’s up?

tall matador 240It’s about bullfighting, and I know you wrote the book on that. The cockroach man says bullfighters tend to be short, like jockeys, but I think they’re much taller. Who’s right?

I’m afraid cockroach man is right. I believe the average height of a living matador is only 3’6″, and many of the dead ones are even shorter.

Wow. Guess I owe  him $20,000. Are there any exceptions to that?

Only one, who goes by the colorful name of “El Tall One.” As you can see here in these pictures, he’s a towering 5’8″.  He has built his whole career around his incredible height.

Hold on. Wait a second, Blog Guy. This is SO bogus. That dimwit is just riding on the shoulders of another dude!

Hey, pal, could you shut up and show a little sensitivity? The folks who go to watch displays of animal cruelty for amusement aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, so if this fools them, let it go.

But I find this pathetic! How many other matadors are duping their feeble-minded fans with novelty gimmicks?

You mean aside from “El Magical Flying One,” who bounces across the bull ring on a pogo stick?

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Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez “Paquirri” is carried on the shoulders of a assistant after a victorious “Corrida Goyesca” bullfight in Ronda, southern Spain, September 4, 2010. In the annual “Corrida Goyesca” fight in Ronda’s historic bullring the bullfighters wear costumes from the era of 18th Century painter Francisco Goya. REUTERS photos by Jon Nazca

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bench for my bummy bum bum…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oh, you’ll come back to comment, Shra. It’s your big week.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Goya, oh boya! Yep, that’s how Imma start this one off.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

That’s not a pogo stick, it’s El Toro’s horns he bounces on.

Ok BG, since you are the omniscient bullfighting sensai, why do the matadores wear different colored socks? Does that somehow indicate seniority?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

A long-time (and famous) veteran of bullfighting, Pedro often does special appearances before local bullfights. Alas, Pedro cannot walk on his own, as a result of having so many bull horn enemas….

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

A very good question, Dave. It’s obvious they let their wives shop for their clothes, and probably their socks, too. But maybe if there are some sick, demented morons out there who like bullfighting, they could elaborate for us.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I’ll comment… but not about this article, BG… Kinda put off with what that m*r*n has in his hands…
I can just about picture him in hell with the Devil standing over him without a horn… (I picture the Devil the way he is shown in the movies)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

justK, it wasn’t his bum that got impaled it was his thigh remember? :::wink wink:::

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/08/24/insert-zany-cartoon-sound-here/

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I’d pay good money to watch a man on a pogo stick fight a bull. Is that wrong?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Not in the privacy of your own pig sty…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

There are no bulls in my pig sty, just the odd small calf and a few nosy sheep…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Dont think that would really be called a pig sty then?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oh, yeah, and the pigs.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Ah, much bettter! All is right with the Universe now!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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