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post #1 of 3 Old Apr 14th, 2006, 9:50 pm Thread Starter
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Smile Origin of the term farkle.

I am shocked to see such misinformation and disinformation on such a respectable site. Really. A little research of the Archives of the Library of Congress and you would have found the actual origin of the term Farkle.

In the sping of 1896 Dr. Koffap Farhbol, a prominent Swedish veterinary feline pulmonologist published his doctoral thesis on the ingestion and expectoration of feline hair in the Bluepoint Himalayan cat species. As you can imagine, his work in this field was nothing short of extraordinary and word of his research spread through Western Europe and the Americas like wildfire.

Less than 1 year later, he was invited to speak at the annual International Cat-Yak Society conference hosted in New York. His lecture was legendary. The Times carried the story, but published his name misspelled as Farkol. The mistake was humorous to some, but to Koffap- it was devastating, and sent him into a spiralling depression. He fled to the New England countryside where he remained in seclusion for over 20 years.

In September 1923, while visiting his sister in Germany, he went to the Berlin Automobile Show where the first BMW motorcycle, the R32 was unveiled. Koffap was so amazed and rejuvinated that he spent his life savings and bought 22 of the 3000 R32's originally made. After bringing them back to America, he set up shop and rented them rather than selling them. He painted and adorned each one of the motorcycles differently so as to tell them apart.

He became wildly successful and the bikes could regularly be seen cruising up and down the New Jersey boardwalk. The bikes were so beautifully adorned and shiny that the locals started commenting on how the bikes had been "Farkled". Once he saw how people took to his farkling, being the academic that he was, he started the Institute of Farkleography and trained dozens of students in the art of farkelography.

Today, the Institute is located in Houston and is overseen by Professor Billmallin and contunues the rich tradition of research and innovation started by it's founder over 80 years go.

Don Mosley MSgt, USAF, Retired
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post #2 of 3 Old Apr 15th, 2006, 12:57 am
 
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Whooaaaa------- that ought to bring Joe out of his hiding spot
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Don, that's a pretty good yarn but, as any of our Texican members know, the term "farkle" comes from the farkleberry tree (Vaccinium arboreum), native to Texas. This plant has very stunning berries with red stems that decorate it in the fall, hence the word "farkle' meaning highly decorative (and even useful) accessories. These berries, when dried, get very hard and have been carved into dice to play that very famous game, farkle. You can look it up!

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