Scrapbook Forty Seven…

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October 2013

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Margie Goldsmith sent this email to Forrest. It’s from her friend in Australia. The problem is that Forrest can’t read French. So he wonders if anyone can give him a short summation of what it says. Here’s your chance to get even with Forrest because he won’t know if your translation is correct.

He demonstrated his prowess and versitility with words in a short story at the bottom.

dal…

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Hi Margie,
For French homework this week, we had to write a short story. Your story about Forrest Fenn was my inspiration……thank you!!

Un homme American millionnaire excentrique, Forrest Fenn, a caché un trésor  vaut $3m quelque part dans les montagnes au nord de Sante Fe.   Il a cancer et ce sera son héritage.   On doit lire son livre ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ pour qu’on obtienne des indices d’ou le trésor se trouve.  Le succès aussidépendra de l’ interpretation de son poème dans son livre qui a aussi des indices cachés.  Peut-être les indices pourraient à l’envers.   Peut-être il est une blague et Forrest Fenn a caché beaucoup de pain rassis.   Mais, si  non, et je le trouve, je serais aux anges. 


Amicalement,

Kate

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Forrest writes:
When I was in the 8th grade our English teacher gave the class an assignment to write a story with these rules. It should be as short as possible, and include religion, sex, and be a mystery.
After about 8 seconds I turned in my novel in. It said:
“My God, I’m pregnant, I wonder who did it.”
The teacher fainted and I got an F on the course. ff

 

 

41 thoughts on “Scrapbook Forty Seven…

  1. Forrest Fenn, an eccentric millionaire, has hidden a treasure worth 3 million somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. He has cancer and this will be his legacy. One should read his book ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ for clues where the treasure trove is located. Success depends upon interpretation of the poem in his book which also has hidden clues. Perhaps the clues could be backwards (misleading?). Perhaps this is a joke and Forrest Fenn has hidden a lot of stale bread. However, if not, and I find the trove, I will be in heaven.
    Sincerely, Kate

    (note: that Forrest has cancer is of course incorrect. “Il a cancer” is definitely the present tense form of avoir meaning ‘he has’)

    • My high school French failed me on some of the words but your interpretation sounds good to me. Do you speak French Chris or did you use an online translator?

      ff’s story sounds similar to a funny joke I’ve heard in the past, but it made me laugh again anyway. 🙂

    • Your translation is spot on Chris. I wrote the story as an exercise for French homework where we had to use certain words, i.e. stale, to be in heaven, upside-down, depend on, in order to. Trying to weave them all into one story tested the grey matter. Note: ‘il a le cancer’ is grammatically correct.

  2. An eccentric American millionaire, Forest Fenn, hid a treasure valued at 3 million somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. He has cancer and this will be his heritage. One can read his book, ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ in order to obtain clues as to where the treasure can be found. Success also depends on the interpretation of his poem in the book which also has hidden clues. Maybe the clues point the wrong way. Maybe it’s a joke and Forrest Fenn hid a lot of stale bread. But, if not, and I find it, I will be walking on air.

  3. Forrest is sooo funny. He is quite the artist himself. I didn’t know he too could sketch and illustrate until I read his latest book Too Far. Amazing. I’d say more but there are a trove of things I must do further research on. Loose lips sink ships…or something like that….

  4. Hemingway is famous for a 6 word short story. With a little editing—
    My God, I’m pregnant, wonder who.

    Mais, je sais who I’d rather read!
    (My one year of French fails me.)

    • 🙂 Seems some are getting the picture Forrest.

      I bought new shoes the dr told me about, they are whimsical.

      Have a great day, everyone!

  5. Thanks Forrest, I needed a good laugh to warm me up before I head out for my daily swim this morning. Brr, it’s getting cold already here in Colorado. I’m ready to skip winter this year and go straight to spring.

  6. Here is a translation to the letter. Using Google translator.

    A man eccentric American millionaire, Forrest Fenn, hid a treasure worth $ 3m somewhere in the mountains north of Sante Fe He cancer and it will be his legacy. It should read his book ‘The Thrill of the Chase for the indexes is obtained or the treasure is. Aussidépendra success of the interpretation of the poem in his book that also has hidden clues. Perhaps the indices could backwards. Maybe it is a joke and Forrest Fenn has hidden a lot of stale bread. But if not, and I find it, I would ecstatic.

    Sincerely,

    Kate

  7. It says….
    Gazillionaire extraordinaire
    Fenn w/penn
    Quills thrills
    W/loot to boot
    Look at book
    Peruse clues.
    Hero or zero?
    Hero! Yay!

    It’s either that or she is proposing to him, I’m not sure.

  8. Rock stars pan gold in Australia. In 2009, which was a banner year, 4.6 million ounces were mined to the tune of $5.7Billion! The West produced approximately 50% of all Australian mineral and petroleum sales, which made up 89% of the state’s merchandise exports. With exports of such value being made we should keep our eye on the vessel to see when and where it’s delivering. That is where we need to move the hunt! LOL!!

  9. My translation-
    My HS French is a bit rusty…but here is what I came up with…

    Forrest Fenn, a humble and eccentric zillionaire who invented Cool Whip and Saran Wrap has hidden a treasure worth more than the national debts of France and Zambia combined. So far the authorities of two counties have been sent searching by Premiere Harper and President Obama in order to resolve the debt crisis in the USA and the hockey puck deficit in Canada. The Canadian team seems to be focusing on a lake named after Quebec First Nation, the Hebgens. Meanwhile the US Congress and the President have struck a deal to have all National Parks closed so agents can search the parks before a woman named Stephanie can claim the prize. It has also been reported that a wolf dressed as an elderly gramma has been seen with a metal detector on Taos Mountain and three thousand Boy Scouts have been armed and are forming an impenetrable line around their Cimarron Ranch. Meanwhile in Paris President François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande has determined that the actual hiding place of the treasure is in a wine cask directly under the 10am, March 25th shadow of the pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower because the tower is Paris’ only mountain and everyone knows that Mr. Fenn was actually born in Paris, Texas and not Temple, Texas.

    dal…

    • I’ve been checking all the wine casks, one by one. I haven’t gotten to that one yet….thanks for the tip! *getting wine glass* Just curious….but was it the spray Cool Whip?

    • Hey Dal, I remember seeing a post from you about people who were planning on doing a television show on searchers. It seems to be gone. Did they change their minds? If not, when will the show air? Thanks!

      • There are two teams that appear to be gearing up to create a reality type series about searching for Forrest’s treasure. The last I heard they were both still interviewing searchers and looking for characters to be on their shows. As far as I know, neither has gotten funding for their series yet. But if you are interested you should contact one or both of the producers:
        Howard Kitrosser
        Erik Hartman

        Additionally, there are a couple of folks pursuing documentary style productions and more than a couple of “creative agencies” have contacted Forrest about movie rights to his story.

    • Dal,

      Great interpretive story, very inclusive, I really enjoyed it. I also heard there was a rampaging purple elephant in Montana scaring all the grizzlies and cows.

      PJ

  10. Margie Goldsmith sent this in a bit ago…
    This explains Kate’s French language assignment better..

    For French homework this week, we had to write a short story using 5 new vocab words – rassis (stale), etre aux anges (to be in 7th heaven) a l’envers (upside down) dependre de (depend on) pour que + subj (in order to). Your story about Forrest Fenn was my inspiration……thank you!!

    • Wait… which heaven-th ordinal? Seventh?

      Google suggests the English xlate can also mean “to be thrilled”. Another translation suggests “to be on cloud nine”. Weird he would have forwarded this to be posted. Or is it?

      I’m currently revisiting and attempting to catalog all of the remarks posted by Fenn in search of grammatical and lexical patterns. Among many other repeating themes like frogs, center/middle, etc., and as a better example, I’ve noticed he frequently creates and then clarifies ambiguous antecedents. I don’t have enough knowledge with well-known authors to know if this is a style he is copying, or one he is using with intent, such as a hinting at something or just being funny. I think it also happens once or twice in Catcher in the Rye if my memory is working correctly.

    • Hello Forrest! It’s nice to see you “pop” in. You should really do it more often (if you can find the time). When we see you it lifts our spirits and gives us hope. Hope all is well with you and yours. Don’t be a stranger! Oh, just so you know, you amaze me. Thanks for THE CHASE!

  11. From Google Translation:
    A man eccentric American millionaire, Forrest Fenn, hid a treasure worth $ 3m somewhere in the mountains north of Sante Fe He cancer and it will be his legacy. It should read his book ‘The Thrill of the Chase for the indexes is obtained or the treasure is. Aussidépendra success of the interpretation of the poem in his book that also has hidden clues. Perhaps the indices could backwards. Maybe it is a joke and Forrest Fenn has hidden a lot of stale bread. But if not, and I find it, I would ecstatic.

  12. Hey Dal Srry to post here but can’t post on The ebay diddy.

    DP Hi…I live in The woods….southern Illinois…near Makanda…native American for confection town… My grandmother had over 100 + birds on our farm…on field trips the school children called her The bird lady…You can imagine we like chicken and dumplings…

    Excuse my hubris.
    But I use to say I could outride…hunt…shoot…drink..and %-/&#&%@ anyone. (excuse me ladies). …not so much anymore though..smiles!
    As I said please forgive my ego…I come from areas where folks were Tough. In Chicago we had gangs…in The sticks…briar scrath Kids…mean!
    Survival of The fittest…

    I Just want to see The box found and The poem solved…
    Mark H

  13. That is harlous Forrest, not only did you outwit your teacher,
    You fulfilled the assignment.
    makes note: do not underestimate the wit of 8th graders.

  14. Bob Wiley: [telling a joke] The doctor draws two circles and says “What do you see?” the guy says “Sex.”
    [everybody laughs]
    Bob Wiley: Wait a minute, I haven’t even told the joke yet! So the doctor draws trees, “What do you see?” the guy says “sex”. The doctor draws a car, owl, “Sex, sex, sex”. The doctor says to him “You are obsessed with sex”, he replies “Well you’re the one drawing all the dirty pictures!”

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