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MAR. 31, 2017

REVEALED! The Origins of Big Lex

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Found at the Museum of Long Lost Facts, [1] the true story of Big Lex has been unearthed…

The year was 1927 and it was gray and drizzly day when Mildred was on a fishing expedition at Lake Junaluska, just over the mountain from Eagle’s Nest.  She was on the dock with her friend Dolly, hoping to catch a little something for dinner.  They were having no luck until she decided to use her secret cookie brownie recipe for bait.  As you can imagine, it was difficult to get the crumbly delectable on the hook so she dipped a small portion in milk and pressed it together into a ball.

The first cast went out, nothing.   A bigger ball of secret cookie brownie recipe was sunk onto the hook.  Second cast went and WHAM.  Mildred hit the deck, arms flung over the edge of the dock holding on for dear life to that fishing pole.  Her friend Dolly grabbed her feet and they heaved the line back to shore, dragging it through a swirling school of fish.  There to their disbelieving eyes but what should appear, the great, great grandmother of Big Lex, Big Bertha (see figure 1).

How do we know this is the great, great grandmother of Big Lex?  At the same moment as Big Bertha landed on the shore, an osprey swooped down and snagged one of the smaller fish right before their very eyes (see figure 2).

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Figure 2 – Osprey and Big Bertha

An hour later, across the mountain, Cabin 1 girls were at the Fishing Pond when in glided an osprey carrying that very same fish.  And believe it or not, that fish was still alive.  The osprey dropped that fish, still carrying the secret cookie brownie recipe bait ball in its mouth*.

To this day, the ancestors of Big Bertha live strong at Eagle’s Nest.

*And yes, that is how ChoChos came to be as well.

Investigators Cecilia Kucera and Noni Waite-Kucera

[1] Museum of Long Lost Facts. Exhibition: Fish and other creatures. March 30. 2017.