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Umbo the Flying Elephant

The Umbrellaphant in Oz, by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques – This tale follows up on Captain Salt in Oz, and in fact the first two chapters are slightly rewritten excerpts from that book. Marcus Mebes’ Royal Explorers … Continue reading

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The Room in the Elephant

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve had the desire for some time to visit Lucy the Elephant, a building on the shore in Margate, New Jersey. Beth had gone before, but I was doing something else that day. When … Continue reading

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Indra Goes Out

I don’t think I’ve yet devoted a post to Indra, the Hindu storm god and warrior. He was the leader of the gods and a great hero in the Rigvedas, but once the worship of the Trimurti came to dominate … Continue reading

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And Sometimes Why

They Might Be Giants, Why? – This is the band’s fifth children’s album, intended as a follow-up to their first of that sort, 2002’s No! The other three, produced by Disney, were topic-specific and intended primarily for young children. This … Continue reading

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Care of Magical Creatures

One question that I see occasionally is whether all the animals on the Pokémon world are considered Pokémon, or just some of them. This page lists some non-Pokémon animals. For example, the Pokédex entry for a Gastly says it can … Continue reading

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Manticore Values

In my examination of mythical monsters, I now move on to the manticore, a beast said to live in Persia. In the fourth century BC, a Greek physician named Ctesias put forth a description of the animal. It has the … Continue reading

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An Elephant for All Kingdoms

Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant of Oz, is primarily a subject of the Kingdom of Pumperdink. In fact, he is an honorary Prince and Chancellor of the Realm, and advises King Pompus on everything from foreign policy to when to get … Continue reading

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Lion About Habitat

This post is primarily about Oz, but my idea for it came from a non-Oz-related source. When I was reading about the movie Mean Girls, I came across the information that among the animals shown in pictures from Africa were … Continue reading

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Ozama Care

Since I’m sure you’ve had enough talk about Osama bin Laden, what about some on Ozamaland instead? This country shows up in Captain Salt in Oz, although it had a brief mention in the earlier Pirates in Oz as well. … Continue reading

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When I See an Elephant Fly

We’re back to the Revisiting Disney series with the fourth animated film, Dumbo. This is one I can recall seeing a fair amount as a kid. It was the first of the animated classics to be released on home video, … Continue reading

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