Tall Tales From the High Seas

via Words Without Borders:

From One Hundred and One Minutes, Russian writer Ekaterina Taratuta‘s notebook of tall tales on the high seas:

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“The chieftains of this tribe grow unbelievably long nails. It seems impossible that somebody could have a bearable life with such an adornment. But the nails make a huge impression on the tribe. They think that if someone misbehaves, a chieftain will cut the heavens open with his nails, and then there will be no more day or night, only eternal cold and darkness.”

“In those latitudes they may want to dream of cooler weather.”

“And what good would that do? They practically live outdoors. As to the great heat, it doesn’t frighten them, though it occasionally inflicts damage. Once I saw a man with a sack of meat come back to the village. Because of the scorching sun, only meat fibers remained in the sack, the fat melted and dripped down the man’s back.”

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