Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 20 00:53:45 UTC 2011

On Sep 19, 2011, at 8:46 PM, victor steinbok wrote:

> I'll go for Door Number Two, Monty! Yes, they are clearly spelling it
> wrong--but, apparently, that's a part of the joke:
>> Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular way to pose in a photograph
>> in the 1920's. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad
>> derives its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of
>> Sleepy Hollow.”  According to legend, the "original" horsemanning photo was
>> discovered at a flea market. After a series of horsemanning photos began
>> trending on Buzzfeed, people got inspired to recreate the horseman.
>> Horsemanning is experiencing a revival and is best known as the new form of
>> planking.  Check out our gallery which even includes some famous celebrities
>> horsemanning!
> Even then, it may be more Mayne Reid than with Washington Irving... Either
> way, I'm turning into a grumpy old man and pronouncing it "horsemanuring".

As in "She was just a farmer's daughter, but all the horse manure"?


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