History Humor

A Cross Between Venus and Hercules


I was happily reading an interesting article on “Abraham Lincoln, The Physical Man” (found via reddit)¬†describing our 16th president’s unique physical characteristics ¬†when I came across this disturbing image from William Herndon’s classic biography of his former law partner:

I would say he was a cross between Venus and Hercules.

WTF does that mean?

I have a feeling, if one combined Venus and Hercules it would have a similar effect to this.