The Lion's Mane

Just an interesting example of cultural differences I observed while reading The Lion's Mane, a Sherlock Holmes story. Basically the story goes that a man stumbles of the beach beside a lagoon in obvious agony, mumbles something about a "lion's mane", and then dies. When the body is examined it reveals a pattern of red welts across his back, which are described as similar to the wounds from a whip of some sort.

My immediate thought is "Poor man, from what I understand being stung to death by a jellyfish is a pretty painful way to go. Best remove it from the lagoon before someone else gets stung." Sherlock Holmes takes 15 or 16 pages and over a week to come to the same conclusion.

Categories: Literature, Oddities
Date: 2010-02-07 23:03:54, 14 years and 161 days ago

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