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[Tidbits] Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum


At one point in my life I took it upon myself to elucidate. Not much
later–perhaps a micro-second or two–I decided befuddling would be
much more fun. And so today I do both. It’s a bit of an oxymoronish
stance I took. but what can I say. I yam who I yam who I yam. And
hence… Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum who are in truth not the
Alice-in-Wonderland characters I purport them to be but rather the
children of Gods who merit the monikers I gave them for no other
reason than that they seem so much alike.

But they are not. One is a He and the other a She. Not only that. but
their parents are none other than the famous Poseidon and his wife
Amphitrite. god and goddess of the sea. As to the children. brother
and sister. they are called Triton and Tritoness. And each of them are
holding Erotes–winged gods associated with love and sex.

And so you may well ask. whaddya do with these things? What are they
good for? And those little loops near the top. what are those for?
Hmm? Oh pray tell us dear dear Benjamin. oh pray do tell us that
which we desperately need to know. Aieee. Me cannots refuse these

First a slight dichotomy to perplex and bewilder and daze and muddle
while all the while I attempt to clarify. When you go to look at the
image. which you soon all will… you will notice that the lower half
of their bods look a tad serpentine. However. the Triton is
considered to be a merman with the upper body of a human and the
lower portion the tail of a fish. So why the discrepancy? Who knows?
The question is. is the question is worth pursuing. I say nay.

Which brings us to the jewelry aspect of this whole thing. These
golden Triton and Tritoness are armbands. They are beautiful. Imagine
having them on your arms while strolling down the boulevard. You’ll
be the envy of one and all. But uh-oh. These things are heavy. We’re
talking 6.5 troy ounces. That’s heavy folks. These things will slip
right down to your wrist. But wait. the loops. Let us not forget the
loops. They are used to attach the armbands to the sleeves of one’s

Ah. it all become clear now. does it not? For you sticklers out there
who like their complete (if you’re gonna do it Benjamin.
do it right) I give you this last bit of data. She measures 6.5
inches high. He measures 5.5 inches high. And the time frame in which
these cuties were probably created. we’re talking circa 200 B. C.

So there it is. A Triton and a Tritoness whom I’ve named Tweedle-Dee
and Tweedle-Dum for want of something better. What would you have
preferred? Ralph and Alice? Regardless. they are magnificent looking.
Utter works of art made even more amazing when one considers the era
in which they were created.

So. wanna see? Yeah? Okay. Then go. Look. You know where. Scroll down. Left side. Tidbits. Click. And
Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum away.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark