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TORA! TORA! TORA! AND BORA BORA!

By Eric Shackle

Everyone knows about Tora Bora, where Osama bin Laden was thought to be hiding in a cave, although no-one had heard of the place a month ago. The name comes from a Pashtan village, and means black widow or black dust.

Strangely, those words TORA and BORA both ring bells on the Internet:

TORA! TORA! TORA! was the name of a famous film, described on a website in these terms: "December 7, 1941. The day of infamy that should never have been. Tora! Tora! Tora! relives the anguish and horror of America's darkest hour, with the epic recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor as told from both the American and Japanese sides."

BORA BORA ISLAND is near Tahiti. Its website says "Bora Bora is likely to be the single most famous Island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words Bora Bora bring an almost mystical presence to the island... This website presents the facts and the fiction regarding this wonderful Tahiti Polynesian island paradise."

And then there's the call Toro! Toro! Toro! which rings out at Spanish bullfights. According to two Internet sources, it also rings out from the Tiki Ti bar on Sunset Boulevarde, Los Angeles. Shelley confides in her online diary "What I should  have ordered was the Blood and Sand. When the bartenders make one of those, everyone in the bar screams 'TORO! TORO! TORO!' at the tops of their lungs."

Another visitor to the Tiki Ti reports: "A one drink is served in a stemmed 'mug' of  liquors, into which the bartender then, with much pomp and ceremony, drizzles an alarming amount of tequila. The thing is, each tequila bottle is capped with a bull-head pour spout, so when the bartender begins to pour,  the entire bar erupts into a chorus of 'Toro, toro, toro!' until the deadly cocktail is complete."

To complete this quirky roundup, there's even a children's game called Toro Toro.  You can read all about it HERE

Copyright 2002   Eric Shackle   Story first posted January 2002

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