Mythical Creature Party

I'm not sure if this will become a regular feature of 31/Chi, but Pistol P and I are kind of a mythological creature kick. So, in the vein of the u-corns post from last week, Pistol and I may or may not be sporadically updating the blog with variously themed opuses to our favorite fictional critters.

Today: the chimera.

Whoa. Get a load of this creature. Traditionally--I guess--this beast is really several beasts in one, kind of like when you buy those ten packs of the little boxes of cereal; you're buying one big box but there's several different types within. So like that big box has Cocoa Puffs, Honeynut Cheerios, and Trix, the chimera has a lion, a goat and a dragon. Or it could totally have a snake for a tail. Which would be cool.
However, like that weird kid with the beret and scarf in your philosophy class, some chimeras are "totally different." Check out this guy wearing armor and replacing the goat with an eagle (downgrade).
The chimera originated in ancient Greece, where they consistently misspelled it xίμαιρα. This is documented on this old vase. This chimera is like ELO on vinyl: old, but still awesome.
Looks like they lacked the dragon component. Bummer for them.

Chimeras are kind of like a "Dream Team" of fearsome creatures. These two pictures are kind of like the same idea, except one combo won several NBA titles under Phil Jackson while the other was killed by Belerophon astride the winged horse Pegasus.

Below, we have pretty much the same idea, only way scarier.
This chimera's addition of a snake-tail and full, rugged mane of hair make it all the more frightening for aspiring hero types and herds of livestock.
While here the addition of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Magic Johnson strike terror into the hearts of plate glass windows, all-you-can-eat buffets and people without AIDS.

Okay, that's the chimera for you.
I hope you check back soon for more mythical creature parties.
Prospective featured beasts of lore may or may not include El Chupacabre, Carl Weathers, or the wendigo.

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