Four-legged tripod?

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Four-legged tripod?

Postby 661-Pete » 5 Jan 2021, 1:45pm

Sorry about the clickbait, but I just couldn't resist! It's so funny! Not only H.G. turning in his grave, but Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise et al will be utterly mystified...

I once (for my sins) wrote a short story trying to explain why the Martians tottered around on three legs. I tried to make it funny - but this coin takes the biscuit!

So what'll happen now? Will they all be melted down and re-struck? Or will someone have to re-write both War of the Worlds and Invisible Man?

Incidentally, although Wells is famous as one of the 'Fathers of Science Fiction', he wrote better stories than those. I'd bet Half-a-Sixpence on it...
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Postby Audax67 » 5 Jan 2021, 2:21pm

You have to wonder what kind of miserable git has led a life so sheltered that he/she/it didn't know that the Martian war machines were three-legged.

Maybe the aforesaid had a scunner against the Isle of Man.
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Postby Ride-sleep-repeat » 5 Jan 2021, 3:50pm

It makes me wonder if the designer actually knows who H.G.Wells is and what the books were about.

Reminds me of a Camera Mono-pod I had for sale on ebay a few years ago.A potential buyer asked why I was selling a Tri-pod with only one leg :lol:

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Postby merseymouth » 5 Jan 2021, 5:15pm

Hi all, H.G. Wells slept a lot? He was a man who took many "Kipps"! :roll: Over in a "Flash Bang Wallop"! :x MM

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Postby Mike Sales » 5 Jan 2021, 5:21pm

Wells was a keen cyclist. He wrote Wheels of Chance about a young man called Hoopdriver pursuing a woman on a bicycle.

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Postby reohn2 » 5 Jan 2021, 5:48pm

It's probably got four legs coz a £2 coin will only be worth 4pence by the time they're in circulation :roll: :?
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Postby 661-Pete » 5 Jan 2021, 5:56pm

There's been a perfecly good and accurately-portrayed Martian standing proudly in Woking shopping centre, for years now. Pity the Mint guys didn't go down to take a quick look (or a quick google...).
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Postby reohn2 » 5 Jan 2021, 5:59pm

661-Pete wrote:There's been a perfecly good and accurately-portrayed Martian standing proudly in Woking shopping centre, for years now. Pity the Mint guys didn't go down to take a quick look (or a quick google...).

I find that 'sculpture' quite bizarre to say the least :?
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Postby 661-Pete » 5 Jan 2021, 6:05pm

merseymouth wrote:Hi all, H.G. Wells slept a lot? He was a man who took many "Kipps"! :roll: Over in a "Flash Bang Wallop"! :x MM

Well, he did wake up eventually - ref. The Sleeper Awakes. Mind you, that was after a very long "Kipp" - over 200 years.... :shock:

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661-Pete wrote:There's been a perfecly good and accurately-portrayed Martian standing proudly in Woking shopping centre, for years now. Pity the Mint guys didn't go down to take a quick look (or a quick google...).

I find that 'sculpture' quite bizarre to say the least :?
I suppose Woking isn't on your regular itinerary - specially not during Lockdown. But if you do pass that way, do take a look! It's quite fascinating.
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Postby reohn2 » 5 Jan 2021, 6:22pm

661-Pete wrote: ....I suppose Woking isn't on your regular itinerary - specially not during Lockdown. But if you do pass that way, do take a look! It's quite fascinating.


I'll(have to presently)take your word for it :wink:
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Postby rjb » 5 Jan 2021, 7:08pm

Naaa that not a Martin it's Jake the Peg. :lol:

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Postby Ben@Forest » 5 Jan 2021, 9:34pm

661-Pete wrote:Sorry about the clickbait, but I just couldn't resist! It's so funny! Not only H.G. turning in his grave, but Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise et al will be utterly mystified...


I don't know what it is, but it's not four legs, three legs come from the central stalk below the disc shape - the fourth one doesn't and in any case doesn't look like the other three. There's a tentacle which could be like the steel 'ropes' that HG Wells described but it's not similar.

And this Thing I saw! How can I describe it? A monstrous tripod, higher than many houses, striding over the young pine trees, and smashing them aside in its career; a walking engine of glittering metal, striding now across the heather; articulate ropes of steel dangling from it, and the clattering tumult of its passage mingling with the riot of the thunder. A flash, and it came out vividly, heeling over one way with two feet in the air, to vanish and reappear almost instantly as it seemed, with the next flash, a hundred yards nearer. Can you imagine a milking stool tilted and bowled violently along the ground? That was the impression those instant flashes gave. But instead of a milking stool imagine it a great body of machinery on a tripod stand...
Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, for it was no mere insensate machine driving on its way. Machine it was, with a ringing metallic pace, and long, flexible, glittering tentacles (one of which gripped a young pine tree) swinging and rattling about its strange body. It picked its road as it went striding along, and the brazen hood that surmounted it moved to and fro with the inevitable suggestion of a head looking about. Behind the main body was a huge mass of white metal like a gigantic fisherman's basket, and puffs of green smoke squirted out from the joints of the limbs as the monster swept by me. And in an instant it was gone.


The illustrated Jeff Wayne album had tripods which had 'death rays' - could it be some depiction of that? Anyone who thinks that one on the coin has four legs needs better glasses.....

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Re: Four-legged tripod?

Postby Tangled Metal » 5 Jan 2021, 10:39pm

Beat me to it. Fourth "leg" is a tentacle thing like the one that came out and searched the basement in that Tom cruise version of the film. It comes from the body above the point the three legs come from? You can't see the end. The three legs have pointed claw tips. What you can see of the fourth tentacle is that it's a more uniform width on the parts you can see. It is totally different and I can't understand why people have noticed that.

I think all those tripod Martians in the original radio programme had a tentacle too. Perhaps this coin is a good representation if you noticed the difference with the fourth protuberance that leaves the body higher up as in the habitation part not the lower drive part. That's my view of it.

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Postby peetee » 6 Jan 2021, 5:55am

Tangled Metal wrote:Beat me to it. Fourth "leg" is a tentacle thing like the one that came out and searched the basement in that Tom cruise version of the film.


The flexible tentacle emerges from the base of the central section and appears to be the fifth appendage. The other four having apparently identical articulation and proportions, one being raised as if the machine were moving forward.
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Re: Four-legged tripod?

Postby sjs » 6 Jan 2021, 8:12am

peetee wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:Beat me to it. Fourth "leg" is a tentacle thing like the one that came out and searched the basement in that Tom cruise version of the film.


The flexible tentacle emerges from the base of the central section and appears to be the fifth appendage. The other four having apparently identical articulation and proportions, one being raised as if the machine were moving forward.


+1. There's a tentacle (coming from the base) and four legs. At first sight one of them looks like it comes from a point higher than the other three, but if you look carefully it doesn't.