Today in History: April 24

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Domenico Tiepolo

 

1184 B.C.*

The Greeks gifted a horse**

To the city  of Troy

With a clandestine force.

*Traditional date.

**A wooden one. Among the hidden Greeks was Odysseus, alias Ulysses.  The Trojans assumed the gift was an offer of peace and pulled the huge equine effigy into their fortified city.  Unwittingly, their naivete brought about their defeat and annihilation.  The "Trojan Horse" lives on today as a malicious computer program and metaphorically is as lethal as ever.

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  • Thus the expression "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts," which ought to be updated to "Beware of computers bearing gifts."

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    ...or gifs.

  • In reply to jack:

    Kudos, Jack, for a great pun. And thanks to our friend, Margaret, for serving it up so effectively.

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