Did You Know...?

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    Nov 15, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    Did you know…?

    …that the word “gym” (gymnasium) comes from the Greek root gymnos meaning “naked," and refers to ancient Greek training facilities where male athletes would compete and train in the nude? The Greeks encouraged an aesthetic appreciation for the male form, and even treated it as a tribute to the Gods. From Wikipedia, “Fascination with the beauty of the male body, reflected in the twin practices of athletic nudity and decoration with olive oil, is linked to the concurrent introduction of pederasty as an educational institution.” (1) Mmm…olive oil.

    I came across this while reading the book Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton (2).

    Anyway, there’s your fun fact for the day.
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    (1)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnasium_(ancient_Greece)
    (2)http://www.amazon.com/Homosexuality-Civilization-Louis-Crompton/dp/0674022335/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195143299&sr=8-1
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    Nov 15, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    and gymnosperm refers to several groups of plants that have "naked" seeds, i.e., not inclosed in a ovary, including cycadophytes, conifers, ginkgo, and ephedras
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    Nov 15, 2007 6:55 PM GMT
    ...and Satie's Gymnopedie is a piece of "furniture music" that references naked boys dancing (gymnos pais). I heard someone say once that it is not really a waltz, but rather the sad memory of a waltz.
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    Nov 15, 2007 10:44 PM GMT
    thank you for posting that pic! icon_biggrin.gif