Tuesday, October 4, 2011

“True” History Tuesday – Armless Juggalo Jackson and Juggling

Stonewall Jackson was a Confederate general during the Civil War.  He was nearly as well known as Robert E. Lee.  He was an exceptional tactical commander.  He received the name “Stonewall” during the First Battle of Bull Run.   He held his line and showed extreme bravery in battle.  His behavior led Brig. General Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr to shout at his troops, “There is Jackson standing like a stone wall.”  The name stuck even though Bee was shot immediately after uttering the statement. 

What is not well-known about Jackson was that he was a fan of Insane Clown Posse and he invented juggling.  In May of 1863, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate soldiers were on watch for Union soldiers.  They accidently shot Jackson in the arm.  When they realized their mistake they exclaimed, “Sorry, Mr. Jackson OOOHHH, we are for real, never meant to make your daughter cry, we apologize a trillion times.”  Stonewall Jackson survived the gunshot, but his arm had to be amputated.  Small bags filled with beans were placed around the nub that was once his arm.  Out of boredom during the recovery phase, Jackson picked up the bean bags and began tossing them about.  Eventually, he was able to keep two or more of the bean bags in the air at one time by alternately tossing and catching them.  He impressed the troops with his skills.  Because he was a Juggalo, he decided to call this new skill juggling.  Sadly, he died from pneumonia eight days after getting shot.

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