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Adventurous Places North America Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

Deep Inside Waimea Valley and a Deadly Game of Checkers

Beads of sweat began streaming down my brow as I meticulously plotted my next action. If I moved diagonally to my right, I could capture my opponent’s stone and land in a spot not threatened by any of his forward-moving advances. I was running short on options at this point in the game, so this […]

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Adventurous Places Europe Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

The Legendary City of Antwerp

In the days of old, there once lived a horrible giant that terrorized all of the Flemish province. The giant, named Antigoon, made his home along the Scheldt River and demanded a toll from all those who desired to cross over its waterway. If anybody encountering the giant was unable to render payment in full, […]

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Adventurous Places Europe Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

LIfe is Good When You’re the King of Bruges

I used to be a run-of-the-mill, regular Joe just like the rest of you. I did all my extensive shopping at Walmart; got my six-dollar haircuts at Superclips; and spent my annual vacations at the Shady Palms motel, conveniently located only a breezy twenty-minute walk from the beach. I’ve never owned multiple properties (or any property […]

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Europe Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

Rebecca and the Not-So-Nice Pirates of Nice, France

Only a few of my closest friends and family know the story of how I met my lovely wife, Rebecca. Yet, even to this day, the circumstances surrounding the event are a source of both anxiety and great joy for me. My state-appointed therapist suggested that I attempt to express myself more openly and stop […]

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South America Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

A Final Letter to my Boss from Peru

Dear Mr. Morino, So many incredible things have happened since my last letter that I hardly know where to begin. I’ll start with the best news first – I’m hitchhiking back to Wisconsin and our dear Henry is coming with me! Yeah, trust me when I say that I’m every bit as surprised as you are. I’m sure you can imagine […]