You don't see that every day

posted May 21, 2016, 3:16 PM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 9:00 AM ]
Whenever something out of the ordinary happens, people like to say, "you don't see that every day." Appropriately enough, this phrase could not have come into being under any more extraordinary circumstances than it did.

Specifically, it was born in the year 1923, in the fishing town of Black Lake. Montgomery Sloan, great-grandfather of Albert and Robert Sloan, lived in Black Lake as a simple fisherman. His friend, Zeb King, was a rich man and the proud owner of the very first motorboat ever set on water in Con County. He offered Montgomery Sloan a thousand dollars cash, if he could water ski on Black Lake behind Zeb King's motorboat for fifteen consecutive minutes.

The phrase "you don't see that every day" was first spoken by a spectator, who watched the stunt from the shores of the lake, and witnessed how a shark emerged from the water and started chasing the motorboat. Montgomery Sloan held on for dear life while his friend drove the motorboat as fast as possible, yet they failed to gain distance on the shark. Five minutes in, the predator took the first of many bites out of Montgomery Sloan.

Spectators continued to repeat the phrase "you don't see that every day" every time the shark tore a chunk out of the brave water skier. A handful of people also yelled the phrase "get out of the water," but no one paid them any heed. Least of all Montgomery Sloan himself, who held on to the rope even after the shark bit both of his legs off at the knee. Fifteen minutes later Zeb King docked the motorboat, congratulated his friend for his performance, gave him the thousand dollars, and even called a doctor and paid his medical bills.

Montgomery Sloan survived the incident with just enough appendages to enjoy the riches afforded to him by winning his friend's prize. He even managed to sire children and establish a dynasty of entrepreneurs, and while the present day occupants of Black Lake are most certainly pleased of this given how much Albert Sloan has done for the town over the years, the widows and orphans of the deceased residents of Black Falls, who to this day curse the name of Robert Sloan, feel otherwise. This is covered under the entry for "you monster!"

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