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Posted By: on: 09/20/2000 14:30:10 EDT
Subject: RE: Strangest Question...

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Ok,

As a reenactor, and I'm sure the others will agree, I have received some very strange questions over the last 6 years. (I will refrain from saying 'stupidest, as I feel the only stupid question is the one not asked.)

A few examples:
1). Is that wool uniform hot? (Asked usually in the Summer)

2). Is that a real campfire? (to which my response is, "Stick your hand in it and you tell me." I've had no takers on that offer thus far.) :-)

3).Is that a real gun?

4). Are you real?

5). Were you alive during the real Civil War?

etc., etc. Point made, I guess.

But, my strangest thus far was one rainy afternoon, when I was asked, "When you are wearing that uniform and standing out in the rain, doesn't the wool get wet?" No lie! This was asked by an adult. I was too blown away to even respond. Before I could compose myself, the dude left.

Which begs my question, "What is the strangest question you have ever been asked at a reenactment?" For you non-reenactors, "What is the strangest question you have ever heard being asked to a reenactor?"

Regards, and let's have som fun with this'n! ;-)

JR



Once while doing a living history presentation at Gettysburg I heard the question asked why there are no bullet holes in any of the monuments. Even better was the lady who asked a park ranger for a list of the names of the soldiers buried in the unknown section of the national cemetery. Scary to think that lady is wandering loose.

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