My Heroes #InternationalWomensDay

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So, the professor has many heroes.

I admit this freely.

After all, I sorta thieve their ways at times.

That’s how I became such a wicked warrior, see.

Now, since this is #InternationalWomensDay, I’ve decided to name my favorite heroes. Just because.

You see, one thing doesn’t have to do with the other, but the professor’s mind can be as random as an oyster that doesn’t like water at times.

So, here goes:

(1) Robin Hood

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In truth, this is true: I loved Robin Hood as a little chap. And I still do, of many courses. That was the first book I actually couldn’t put down. Well done, Mr. Howard Pyle, well done. *fist thingy* (Contrary to popular believe, though, RH stole for his band, not for the poor. How groovy.)

(2) John Carter

Look how he moves. Sorta jerky, but still. Cool.

Look how he moves. Sorta jerky, but still. Cool.

What’s greatio about John is that he can jump really high. And he lives a double life. He’s also a SEAL team leader, see.

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(3) Hector

Hector is the greatest hero ever–just because. He fought valiantly at Troy. He maybe died, too, but if he did, it was my fault. Things went down on the beach of Troy that are never talked about today, mind you.

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And then, what’s this? Wonder of wonders, Hector also doubles as a SEAL.

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And the professor should mention this thing. I’ve heard a phrase that is scary. It scared my hair off, I must admit.

Phrase: Male Feminist.

Now, lots of things go bouncing through the mind at such a phrase. But rest assured, I shan’t say them out loud.

But here’s the thing: If there’s such a thing as a male feminist two things must be possible. The first, evolution. A feminist would have to evolve…certain things to become male. Two, John Cena would have to be spotted wearing a girl’s color, like pink.

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Dadblameit.

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101 Responses to “My Heroes #InternationalWomensDay”


  1. 1 Jackie March 10, 2016 at 17:10

    My heros were my Mom and Dad.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 14:01

      Aw. That’s awesome, you know. Me too, the sudden!

      • 3 Jackie March 11, 2016 at 14:04

        That’s so cool! :-D

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 14:11

        It is actually really cool. Love hearing that.

      • 5 Jackie March 11, 2016 at 14:24

        I know what you mean. Nowadays you don’t hear that very much. I feel lucky to have had parents like mine.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 13:51

        See, that’s just awesome. Parents are the best. Some don’t realize this.

  2. 7 Sonya Solomonovich March 9, 2016 at 20:39

    Robin Hood is the number one hero, I agree! John Carter was pretty impressive too with his jumping (though that was technically cheating).
    But professor, you are very cheeky, posting this on International Women’s day. I hope one day you’ll discover some female heroes to add to his collection, like Xena the Warrior Princess. She is a barbaric warrior, very much up your alley.

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 14:04

      But that’s the great thing! I loved how he jumped. Cheating is good, see.

      Oh, I don’t know much about this Xena. Is she super cool?

      • 9 Sonya Solomonovich March 11, 2016 at 12:44

        It’s not surprising that a thiever of katanas would think cheating is good. But yeah it was a fun sort of cheating.
        Xena is super cool indeed. Her battle cry is both fearsome and funny. She has this metal circly thingy which she throws like a boomerang and it kills everyone, and of course a sword too. It was a spin-off from a show called Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, which was also super cool.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 14:11

        Oh boy oh boy. That sounds like a cool weapon! Do you think Hector might be able to beat her?

      • 11 Sonya Solomonovich March 11, 2016 at 19:05

        Actually, I don’t know who would win. They’re both mighty warriors, so it would be a close battle.

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 14:05

        But Hector is stronger, I bet!

  3. 13 bardictale March 9, 2016 at 18:47

    Light blue used to be a girl’s color. What do you think this means?

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 14:03

      Well it is not, dadblameit!

      • 15 bardictale March 10, 2016 at 14:03

        But it was.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 14:06

        Well, girls like purple and pink, see.

      • 17 bardictale March 10, 2016 at 14:17

        They also like green and blue. My best friend loves orange as well.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 13:54

        Orange is an awesome color. What is your fav? As you know, I like red.

      • 19 bardictale March 12, 2016 at 21:32

        I don’t really have a favorite, but I like blood-orange and deep forest green.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 14:07

        Blood orange is awesome, Bard.

      • 21 bardictale March 14, 2016 at 15:47

        Thank you

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke March 15, 2016 at 13:10

        *bows* I love bowing.

  4. 23 Susan P March 8, 2016 at 20:44

    You are definitely a piece of work. What fun!

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:43

      A beautiful piece of work, huh?

      • 25 Susan P March 9, 2016 at 16:36

        I think you will be someday.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 13:59

        But when?

      • 27 Susan P March 10, 2016 at 14:23

        It is a process. The progress depends on you following the directions.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 13:56

        I’ll follow the first direction that looks tasty.

      • 29 Susan P March 11, 2016 at 14:27

        Try squid. That is good.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 13:52

        Only if you cook it for me. *nods*

      • 31 Susan P March 14, 2016 at 14:00

        Tentacles too?

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 14:12

        Is that customary?

      • 33 Susan P March 14, 2016 at 18:09

        It is. You cut them in pieces and fry them.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke March 15, 2016 at 13:14

        Really? *dies from shock*

      • 35 Susan P March 15, 2016 at 14:28

        They are really very good. Not like squid which is very chewy.

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2016 at 02:49

        Squid. I should really try some you know. When you take me to Portugal, of course.

      • 37 Susan P April 3, 2016 at 00:33

        It isn’t what you think.

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke April 3, 2016 at 20:51

        Things rarely are. I’m so behind with that sort of thing.

  5. 39 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 8, 2016 at 18:58

    Robin did steal for his band and the poor. Settled? Pink looks nice on manly men. International Woman’s Day? That’s a thing now? I oppose this day for many reasons. I have enough days to try and remember. The men you introduced me are quite handsome. Thanks for sharing, Duke.

    • 40 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:43

      No, tis not settled! RH was a mean beast. I tell you. He was. Meaner than…a toad.

      I suppose it is. I didn’t know about it till yesterday, you know. *laughs* Even John Carter?

      • 41 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 9, 2016 at 16:33

        Oh, it’s settled, admit it. He was an adventurer. And smart business man. *laughs a lot*
        Sure, even Mr. Carter. Why not.

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 13:59

        Oh, okay. I can agree to that. I think. Mr Carter looks like me. in fact, he is me!

      • 43 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 22, 2016 at 13:39

        He’s dreamy. No wonder you’re such a ladies man.

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke March 22, 2016 at 14:36

        Hmm. Well, maybe we don’t look too alike. I look like…Alice Cooper!

      • 45 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 22, 2016 at 15:11

        Cut your hair, Sir.

      • 46 Professor VJ Duke March 23, 2016 at 13:49

        Hahaha. He does have long hair.

      • 47 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 24, 2016 at 04:48

        Yes, he or you do.

  6. 48 L. Marie March 8, 2016 at 18:08

    Aragorn, King Théoden, Samwise Gamgee, and Gandalf didn’t make the list??? *Takes aim at the Professor with a throwing knife*

    • 49 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:38

      *ducks* Good point, good point! I should add…Emoer, too.

      • 50 L. Marie March 10, 2016 at 15:03

        Good. My wrath lessens.

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 13:57

        Not completely?! *gets ready to hide*

  7. 52 Simply Skeptical March 8, 2016 at 18:08

    Hmm. An oxymoron perhaps? Male Feminist? How about Female Malist? Where are they? Doesn’t anyone care about men anymore? After all they are brothers, sons, uncles, fathers…. Feminists are for women’s causes. Where are the Malists? Keep the pink a comin. They look sooo preTTy….

    • 53 Simply Skeptical March 8, 2016 at 18:12

      The “pink” cause is good for what it stands for and support is appreciated by all for this cure endeavor. Pink in this case has nothing to do with standing up for women’s rights, but rather women’s lives – all lives actually.

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:39

        I think you made that up on the spot. You know, right on the spot.

    • 55 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:38

      A Malist. Now, that sounds like something you might get in the mail. Sorta like a list of your mail, even. See. It’s these sorts of things that prove the world is flat.

  8. 56 desertdweller29 March 8, 2016 at 17:59

    These are my kind of women! I mean wow-man.

    • 57 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:38

      That’s the spirit. I’m sure you like John Carter best.

  9. 58 FictionFan March 8, 2016 at 17:04

    It’s not fair – there should be an International Men’s Day too – I vote for it to be held each April 1st.

    (*laughs* Love the link! *muses* I wonder if male chauvinist piglets snort like Kenny…)

    • 59 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:37

      April 1st isn’t a bad day, I suppose. Maybe more in the summer, tho? So we could do some sporty things. You know, hunt animals, throw girls in pools, kill snakes. That sort of thing.

      *laughing lots* Poor Kenny. He happens to be a liberal, I’ll have you know!

      • 60 FictionFan March 9, 2016 at 18:40

        The only person I know who’s killed a snake is Debbie… #GoGirl

        Goodness! And he’s still allowed in America? *stunned*

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 14:02

        Debbie is awesomely cool, this is true. But that’s ’cause she’s a warrior. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever killed a snake, the sudden. I think I have. Now I need to go hunting. Done what you’ve looked.

        Oh, he lives in California. When the big earthquake comes and California floats towards Japan, that’ll be something.

      • 62 FictionFan March 10, 2016 at 19:22

        She is indeed a warrior! I reckon if I ever killed a snake I’d remember!! In fact, I’d need therapy! Hmm… now I’m worried about my own warrior status…

        *laughs lots* When Trump is Pres, maybe he’ll build a wall round California too to keep all the liberals in!

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 14:04

        *laughing* Oh no, FEF is a warrior. You did boxing, which is very, very cool–if I haven’t told you before. I love boxing, even though I’m rubbish at it.

        No, no! Won’t happen. He can’t win! Maybe…Cruz will. I can’t believe Hillary is beating Bernie either.

      • 64 FictionFan March 11, 2016 at 17:10

        *laughs* Well, yes… but only when I was a tiddler, and not seriously! But go on thinking I’m cool anyway…

        *gulps* I wish I could be sure – he’s getting closer! I can’t believe it – if he gets in, I’m going to build a wall to keep him out of Scotland. Bernie seems quite a nice chap, but I’m glad Hillary’s winning – I have a soft spot for her. *chuckles* Normally I’d hate Ted, but in comparison to Donald, I’ve grown quite fond of him…

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 14:03

        I’m sure the moves would come back to you soon, tho. They say boxing is great for women. It’s great for everyone. I’m horrid at it, too, so we’re equal!

        Well, now I’m starting to like Trump more. See what you’ve done? I do blame it on you, you know. Trump is baby. Especially ’cause he says he’ll lock up Hillary if he wins. I like that. *nods* Makes me feel spicy, the sudden.

      • 66 FictionFan March 14, 2016 at 18:02

        Yeah, it’s an age thing, but I’m never too comfortable with women boxing – it doesn’t seem right somehow. I reckon that makes me… a sexist piglet!

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke March 15, 2016 at 13:14

        Really? I’m surprised to hear this. Age is not an excuse madam! The fight between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey was good.

      • 68 FictionFan March 15, 2016 at 17:30

        Don’t know them, I fear! But a quick look at Google images suggests they’re more into looking glamorous than actually fighting… betting most of their support base is men… And it also looks like they’re not boxing – kick-boxing? Some kind of martial arts? Faking?

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2016 at 02:58

        They look glamorous? I tell you, they’re filthy. I think women love them, too. It’s MMA. Which is mixed martial arts. Jiu Jitsu, boxing. All that stuff. Definitely not faking like WWE. It’s the real deal. They’re good, too.

  10. 70 Heartafire March 8, 2016 at 15:46

    This is a lovely tribute to women here on this International Women’s Day. Howard Pyle? I thought that was Cary Elwes. Sigh.

    • 71 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:33

      It was! *fist thingy* Good on you for recognizing him. See, I stir the pot, Hollie.

      • 72 Heartafire March 9, 2016 at 14:34

        I could never mistake Cary! I see what you did there! Stirring, stirring.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:47

        Just to prove how wicked I am.

      • 74 Heartafire March 9, 2016 at 14:52

        Good one!:)

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 13:56

        Why, thank you, I say.

  11. 76 Debbie March 8, 2016 at 15:43

    Why did I think you were going to list WOMEN heroines here?? I mean, it’s International Women’s Day, and you’ve only listed male heroes. Well, okay, let’s list some gals to look up to — athlete Babe Zaharias, composer Julia Ward Howe, author Margaret Mitchell, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the list goes on. As for the guys, I’m wondering why you didn’t include Indiana Jones, Atticus Finch, Rhett Butler, and Harry Potter!!!

    • 77 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:32

      Well, I figured since men don’t get a holiday, I should help them out a bit. Plus, can you think of any female heroes? Yeah, me neither. Wait. Maybe I can. Montezuma might count, you know. And Babe Ruth.

      *laughs* Wait. I don’t know any of those people. Except Ella, of course. And Nancy. *gags*

      Who is this Harry Potter chap?

  12. 78 PorterGirl March 8, 2016 at 15:36

    Okay, so none of your heroes are women – although Robin Hood looks a bit girly there, I must say. Also – your heroes all seem to have beards of some kind, which I very much like. I think you may have confused feminism with actual womanhood – I would be pleased to demonstrate the difference between the two, should you wish.

    • 79 HotBottoms March 9, 2016 at 11:41

      Girly perhaps. Foppish, definitely.

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:44

        Robin Hood is not girly!

    • 81 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:31

      *laughs* That’s Cary Ewles…I think that’s how you spell that. In a Mel Brooks thingy. I think. Well, I thought about putting Holly Holm in. But she just lost. And she’s not really a hero, see.

      Ah-hooey. Feminism, womanhood, stormwood, stormwater. It’s all the same, I bet. If not, it’s some sort of conspiracy, see.

      • 82 PorterGirl March 9, 2016 at 14:34

        I literally know who none of those people are *laughs*
        Feminism bores the pants off me, in truth. Talking of pants, I don’t see the big fuss about what you keep in them – we’re all people, dadblameit!

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:47

        You don’t know who John Carter is? *riots and rampages*

        *laughing* I keep a ka-bar in my pants. That’s pretty important, if you ask me, see.

      • 84 PorterGirl March 9, 2016 at 14:53

        Yes yes I know who John Carter is – he wasn’t in the list of people you just said! Save your rioting, dear chap.
        There are so many things that spring to mind in response to that comment, but I shall keep a mum mouth, I think *laughs*

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 13:57

        Oh you don’t know who Holly Holm is! That’s cause you’re not in to UFC, see. And double-see. *laughs* Someone has a wicked mind.

      • 86 PorterGirl March 10, 2016 at 14:25

        Ah, that must be it.
        Who has a wicked mind? Keep them away from me, I say! *laughs*

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke March 11, 2016 at 13:57

        That might be a bit hard to pull off, don’t you see.

      • 88 PorterGirl March 13, 2016 at 10:24

        Haha. Maybe you are right.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke March 14, 2016 at 14:09

        Ofcourse I am! Aren’t I always right?

      • 90 PorterGirl March 14, 2016 at 14:22

        Hmm! Well – it appears that you are, in fact. But I shall ask my nan, just to be sure.

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke March 15, 2016 at 13:09

        Now that is an interest. I do wonder what she might say on the matter.

      • 92 PorterGirl March 15, 2016 at 13:23

        Well, I would not want to guess one way or the other. I know what my mum would say, of course *laughs*

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke March 17, 2016 at 02:46

        She would say I was, of course.

      • 94 PorterGirl March 17, 2016 at 09:17

        Hmm! Mum would. The traitor.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke March 18, 2016 at 14:28

        *laughs* That’s so funny.

      • 96 PorterGirl March 19, 2016 at 07:59

        Not. Funny. *laughing lots*

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke March 22, 2016 at 14:32

        Haha. Just maybe a bit.

  13. 98 Lady Dunamis March 8, 2016 at 15:01

    Truly Russell Crowe was the ultimate Robin Hood and Gladiator and I am surprised he didn’t make the list.

    • 99 Professor VJ Duke March 9, 2016 at 14:29

      You know, I think he has a fake body. His head doesn’t match his body, is what I mean to say. I mean, he looks mismatched. Yes, that’s it. Doesn’t he look mismatched?

      • 100 Lady Dunamis March 9, 2016 at 16:40

        Ugh! I can’t believe you would say such a thing. The dude was a rock star in both roles. Unbelievable PVJ. And umerah, I think his head and body match. No cgi involved.

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke March 10, 2016 at 14:00

        Are you sure? I bet they cg-ed his head on!!


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