Thirteen legs

I took my Mom and my Aunt to the Iwo Jima Memorial yesterday. Just for fun I mentioned to Mom that when they were building the statue it kept tipping over so they added an extra leg for balance. If you count them, I said, there are thirteen legs and only six soldiers. For the next 20 minutes my Mom and my Aunt ran around the statue in circles loudly counting out numbers and gesticulating, arguing about what constitiuted a seperate leg and what was the same leg just seen from the other side. They must have looked like total weirdos to all the other people milling about the statue that day.

The final result? Mom swears its thirteen legs, my Aunt swears there are only twelve. I checked Wikipedia, but it didn’t mention anything about leg numbers, and since I’m far to apathetic to actually try counting myself, I guess we’ll never really know for sure. But if you’re in the area and have some time to kill, feel free to count for yourself and then report your findings back to me.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

    One time I heard that not only is there an extra leg but there’s also an extra hand!

  2. Max (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    I also heard that there are 13 hands and that the extra one is supposedly God’s hand. I wasn’t overly impressed with the movie, but Flags of Our Fathers was all about the memorial and provides some interesting background.

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