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Submitted By:sgtammo


I have been called a savage, a chief and oft times a leader.
Some have called me the embodiment of courage, although to a Crook I did surrender.

Where I was born, there were no enclosures.
In the end, to bring me down, it took 5000 soldiers.

As the "terror of the country", I had a reputation of cruelty and cunning.
My tactics consisted of hitting and then running.

Many movies and stories of me were made.
The memories of me, the most famous of my people, will never fade.

People have spoken ill of me so many times it would give your throat a lump.
Yet sometimes, my name is the last word said when people make a big jump.

Now it's time to give it a try.
Do you know my name; who am I?

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Posted by froggygg on Dec 31, 2005

Great teaser and I'm the first to comment in your very first teaser on site! Congratulations there sgt!

Posted by metallicman on Dec 31, 2005

great teaser sarge! I loved this one. Beat froggy and come out with more

Posted by WJSMama on Dec 31, 2005

Very cool teaser

Posted by cb123 on Dec 31, 2005

nice one sgt first one do another one like that

Posted by cb123 on Dec 31, 2005

Posted by smarty_blondy on Dec 31, 2005

A fun and hard chalenge -- great job! This was brilliant for a first teaser, and I am looking forward to many many more coming from you. Keep them coming!

Posted by sgtammo on Dec 31, 2005

Thank you Smarty Blondy. I've got a few in the works. I hope they are of the same quality.

Posted by Swordoffury1392 on Dec 31, 2005

Wow sgt, that was your 1st teaser? Amazing! Please come out with more as good as or better than this!

Posted by Sunrose on Dec 31, 2005

Very well written. Hope to see more from you soon.

Posted by Brainy_1 on Dec 31, 2005

Great teaser! Especially being your 1st one! Keep them coming!

Posted by sgtammo on Dec 31, 2005

You know, I think I may be smarter in my teasers than I am in person. I should not have left out my heart felt thanks to Tinman, Froggy, CB, WJSMama, Swordoffury, Sunrose and Brainy. Your coments mean a lot to me and encourage me to write more.

Posted by ChattyMonkey on Dec 31, 2005

Very, very nice! Keep em coming! Love it!

Posted by metallicman on Dec 31, 2005

Aren't we all smarter in teasers?

Posted by stephiesd on Dec 31, 2005

the big jump clue gave it away for me. i didn't know there were any movies about him.

Posted by mr_brainiac on Jan 01, 2006

The last clue made all the other clues fall in order. Without it, I wouldn't have gotten it.

Posted by sgtammo on Jan 01, 2006

Thanks for your input. I am glad it's still solvable.

Posted by jlvsbeks on Jan 01, 2006

that was an aewsome 1st teaser keep it up

Posted by kimberlykay on Jan 01, 2006

FANTASTIC JOB!! Sorry, I didn't mean to yell, but I think this was a really great teaser. Thanks for your hard work and effort!

Posted by sgtammo on Jan 02, 2006

Thank you so much. I'm glad it's so enjoyable.

Posted by brandiMcBride20 on Jan 02, 2006

This one I got right off, but it was fun.. Good job!

Posted by acidgoddess on Jan 02, 2006

I had no idea who it was until the part about saying the name before jumping, lol. Good one!

Posted by Rhodes on Jan 02, 2006

Nice teaser. Clever. It was the jump that gave it to me. Got me thinking, why?, i.e., what is the origin of the jump yell, anyone know?

Posted by sgtammo on Jan 02, 2006

Good question. Could it be simply to give us the courage to overcome our initial fear of something and take action anyway? I certainly don't know it's origin but would be very curious to find out.

Posted by emily103 on Jan 03, 2006

great teaser! I was confused at first, but the "big jump" gave it away. it was well written though. good job!

to Rhodes:
I found this online - it may answer your question.

The custom of yelling "Geronimo!" is attributed to Aubrey Eberhardt, a member of the U.S. Army's parachute "test platoon" that demonstrated the feasibility of parachute troop drops at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1940. To speed up the drops, the brass decided to try a mass jump, in which the chutists would jump from the plane in quick succession. The men were nervous about this, and to relieve the tension a group of them went to see a western at the post movie house the night before the jump. The movie featured the cavalry mixing it up with the famous Apache chief Geronimo. None of our sources said exactly what movie this was, but one supposes it was Geronimo (1939) with Andy Devine and Gene Lockhart.

After the movie the men went to the post beer garden to further calm their nerves, and after a few hours were feeling pretty courageous. Strolling back to camp, Private Eberhardt announced that he expected the next day's jump to be no different than any other. His friends immediately began to razz him, saying he'd be so scared he'd barely remember his name. This ticked off the six-foot-eight Eberhardt, who was known for his confidence and powers of concentration. According to Gerard M. Devlin, author of Paratrooper! (1979), he declared, "All right, dammit! I tell you jokers what I'm gonna do! To prove to you that I'm not scared out of my wits when I jump, I'm gonna yell `Geronimo' loud as hell when I go out that door tomorrow!"

Next morning half the platoon strapped on their chutes and boarded planes while the other half sat by the edge of the jump field to watch the drop. By now everyone had heard about Eberhardt's promise. The lead plane flew over the field at low altitude and the men began spilling out as planned. As the chutes popped open, the guys on the ground could clearly hear a shout of "Geronimo!" followed by an Indian war whoop. Eberhardt had made good on his boast and the unofficial yell of U.S. airborne troops had been born.

Some people claim that jumpers yell "Geronimo!" because if their main chute hasn't opened by the time they're done, they know it's time to deploy the reserve chute. Not true. Official U.S. Army practice is to count out loud "one thousand, two thousand, three thousand, four thousand" (or higher, depending on the type of aircraft). If you're still dropping like a rock after that, deploying your reserve chute is strongly advised. Regardless of what you say, yelling on exit is a good way to calm the jitters and stay focused on what you're supposed to do.

Posted by sgtammo on Jan 03, 2006

Thanks a lot. That was really nice and interesting on how Geronimo originated prior to a jump.

Posted by luvias on Jan 08, 2006

that was a challenging but fun teaser

Posted by SPUTNIK2 on Jan 15, 2006

GREAT TEASER!, I loved this one not because I got the answer right, because it wa nicely written and about one of my favourtie subjects History!! Thanks!

Posted by sgtammo on Jan 15, 2006

I glad this one is still enjoyable. It was my first teaser written and also my personal favorite.

Posted by bluehawk on Feb 02, 2006


Posted by saucie on Feb 02, 2006

i have to say that i was stumped til the end, this was a very good teaser and hopr to find more like them.I also love history and guess i should of known this one! , Thanks again!

Posted by pating on Feb 02, 2006

its pretty hard except for the clue about making a big jump. and because of that clue, i remembered that i had read this riddle somewhere before.

Posted by coachpisco on Feb 02, 2006

Well thought out. It was easy but fun.

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 02, 2006


Posted by mitzimesser on Feb 02, 2006

Fun & educational at the same time.
You can't beat that with a stick.
Fantastic teaser.
P.S. I figured it out from the jump too.

Posted by churchlady on Feb 02, 2006

I missed this one - but it was good.

Posted by ragethe3rd on Feb 02, 2006

Yay! I got it from the jump thing too. The origin was intresting.

Posted by shawneeo on Feb 02, 2006

What's "one who yawns"? Is that what geronimo means? Anyway, I knew it was to do with Native Amer., but only got Geronimo after the jump clue. I liked reading emily's post about the origin of the jump yell too!

You know, there is an absolutely INCREDIBLE autobiography by Geronimo's grandson, called something about Red Rock something or other, I think... sorry. I think its out-of-print, but these days that's no big deal with borders and amazon. If you are "into" either Geronimo or Nat. Am. stuff, you've got to read this amazing autobiography. I am a huge fan of Nat.Am. "stuff" myself, although I shy away from the "New-Age-y" tendency to idealize them as all highly spiritual, deep, profound, and wise. They were very in touch with the land, the Earth, and nature, but were not all spiritual, I mean not in a new-age sense of spiritual. My fondest dream, though, would be to view the US and the "indians" before the Europeans ruined everything. Something to keep in mind when we think of other occupied or invaded lands, like Israel and Palestine, to mention only one.

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 02, 2006

Thanks for the information and I'm glad you enjoyed the teaser. I'm not so much in Native Americans as I am history in general. I find the older I get, the more I get into history.

Posted by OldChinaHand on Feb 02, 2006

We are a product of our history. And just for the books, I know no NA that yells CROOKS when they jump. Cool teaser.

Posted by rachellanders on Feb 02, 2006

I'm kind of embarrassed. Because I'm 3/4 Native American and I didn't even know the answer!

Posted by zaya on Feb 02, 2006

Riddles that require specific knowledge to answer are a waste of time, either you know it or you don't. Give me something that requires a thought process based on generally known info.

Posted by christine77 on Feb 02, 2006

very very good teaser!! what a challenge. thanks...i cant wait to see more of yours.

Posted by iteachkids on Feb 02, 2006

sgtammo - you and emily and shawneeo certainly have put a lot of thought and time and quality into this teaser and what has followed. This site provides such a fun way to LEARN! Bravo to ALL!

Posted by iteachkids on Feb 02, 2006

ps.s to BLUEHAWK. That is too cool that your great grandma knew Geronimo. Wish we could hear the tales she could tell! (Maybe you had this privilege...)

Posted by Vigo95 on Feb 02, 2006

i didn't realize that some people didn't know geronimo was yelled when you jumped out of a plane . i would have gotten it if that were the only clue .

Posted by sequoia-mom on Feb 02, 2006

I had a few ideas until I read the line about yelling it before you jump--then I knew it for sure. Great teaser and well written! Have a great day everyone!

Posted by raff on Feb 02, 2006

that one was too easy geronimo was the answer for a teaser last week! COME ON DUDE!!

Posted by azbee123 on Feb 02, 2006

i actually didn't get it.


Posted by chupashuevos on Feb 02, 2006


Posted by xolilangel827ox on Feb 02, 2006

I didn't get it !! i should have known with the big jump part but i guess i am in need of caffeine cuz im really tired!! it was very well written and if this is your first then woah! keep em coming!!

Posted by verngog on Feb 02, 2006

Loved it. As a history buff I got it in the frist line. also thanks for the history

Posted by choptlivva on Feb 02, 2006

You really had me digging deep into my mental archives, trying to firgure out which chief you were referring to, but the last line gave it away!! Still a great history lesson!! GREAT job, Frogbo!!

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 02, 2006

Thanks everyone. I glad it was enjoyable and educational.

Posted by wordlover on Feb 02, 2006

awesome. i got it.

Posted by hockeygirl on Feb 02, 2006

that was very good and i didnt even get it so obviosly it was a very good one

Posted by smosaka on Feb 02, 2006

At first I thought it was a dragon, but the "big jump" told me. A little too much information, but still good.

Posted by ScoutMan on Feb 02, 2006

Nicely thought out riddle, Sarge. I had it narrowed down to Crazy Horse or Geronimo in the first four lines, and the jump gave it away. Just goes to show what a lifelong interest in Military history will give you: lots of occasionally useful trivia!!

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 02, 2006

Sad but true. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by jabdr on Feb 02, 2006

Fun and well written. I didn't get the yawn clue either, but enjoyedit a lot.

Posted by mogur on Feb 02, 2006

Where is everyone getting Geronimo means 'one who yawns'? Sarge said in the hint-

Great teaser ! ! ! It didn't hurt my brain.

Posted by mogur on Feb 02, 2006

Quote - My birth name, Goyathlay, did not last birth name means the title of this riddle - Unquote

Posted by clevelandrm on Feb 02, 2006

Got this one in the first line. Good one for us history buffs. Love the other comments and bits of interesting things they said.
Good Job!!!!

Posted by Jemmy on Feb 02, 2006

This was the first teaser I've tried to do...I was suprised at how easy it was!! Well I suppose it had something to do with my indian heritage, but I really enjoyed it! It's good to see someone paying a little more attention to the people whose land this was before we came.

Posted by vlerma on Feb 02, 2006

Sarge, what a great job you did, first with your teaser, it was easy when you wrote about the big jump. But you managed to get people to be nice to one another and share their knowledge. History, unleanred, repeats itself so you have done well on your first outing. This summer I bought an old, old book at an auction which had a picture of Geronimo, a lithograph cut from some newspaper which was glued into the front cover. I'm not usually into antiques, but this one fancinated me. Looking forward to more from you SGT.

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 02, 2006

Thank you very much. That book you picked up might have a few stories behind it on it's own. As for the rest, well this site is full of good people and surprises. Compared to dealing with young soldiers all day who think their indestructable and trying to teach them that they're not, this site is a god send.

Posted by yesenia8rivera on Feb 03, 2006


Posted by tigergirl99 on Feb 03, 2006

that was great! I'm new and this was the 1st 1 i read! It's great!

Posted by Aarghonauts on Feb 03, 2006

got it on jump...otherwise I would have been lost, lost lost Still, it was fun, fun, fun

Posted by whoseaskn on Feb 03, 2006

I also got it on the jump part. Ihave heard many stories about Geronimo, my uncle has the same name. Great teaser had fun doing it

Posted by sgtammo on Feb 03, 2006

Thanks! I'm glad you all enjoyed it.

Posted by mitzimesser on Feb 06, 2006

Entertaining & educational!
Good job!

Posted by special_gurl on Feb 06, 2006

u call that funny

Posted by riddlelover on Feb 06, 2006

The one who yawns? right....Anywho, I got it (yayayay) Rather good!

Posted by bisqueet814 on Feb 07, 2006

Thanks! It was interesting!

Posted by zonarita on Mar 23, 2006

Sarge, so many good comments, almost didn't leave one myself. Is there such a thing as too much praise? NO, of course not.
Being this was your first teaser I just had to comment.
GR8 JOB! I know there are more like this one - fun and educational from you on the site.

Posted by sgtammo on Mar 23, 2006

Thank you. I have found that these type of teasers have become my favorite. I still have three drafts in my files that I'm working on. Maybe now I'll finish them.

Posted by GebbieRose on Jun 12, 2006

Keep the history riddles coming. Great job!

Posted by anion on Feb 02, 2007

I am definately NOT a history buff. This teaser was an awesome way to get me thinking. I took a history course last year in college and tried really hard to remember which Indian leader you were talking about. I got it wrong but I had lots of fun trying to recall all the history I learned. This is a great way to learn and it was an excellently written teaser. Great Job!!!

Posted by OldChinaHand on Feb 02, 2007

This was a well-written teaser. It's a good thing Eberhardt didn't stutter.

It's been kind of interesting to me how time readdress how people and events are seen. Geronimo was seen in his times as, what today we would call, a terrorist. Now historians look deeper into motivational factors and Geronimo has gained a near heroic position. How will we be seen?

Posted by coachpisco on Feb 02, 2007

I should have known that one.

Posted by lmurray on Feb 02, 2007




Posted by saleprice on Feb 02, 2007

got it straight after `jump` but was on the right track leading up to that line........ good one, nice way to start the day thx

Posted by bradon182001 on Feb 02, 2007

Nice poem, easy answer. Good lesson in history. Can;'t beat that combo.

Posted by Qrystal on Feb 02, 2007

Now *I* wanna jump... I had no clue. I'm thinking I'm more of a history "debuff". Oh well. Nicely written, and I wish I knew it and got it right!

Posted by campfirecutie on Feb 02, 2007

Excellent teaser!! I like having my brain stimulated in the morning from something other than a cup of coffee!! My niece is such a brain and I will have to share this one with her to see if she can come up with the answer!! Keep up the good work!!

Posted by Pizzazz2u on Feb 02, 2007

A very unique and entertaining history teaser. The jump clue gave it away to me, right away! History does help when you can relate it to actual events. (True or not, some stories are too entertaining to want to forget. Keep up the terrific work!

Posted by craniac on Feb 02, 2007

Thanks, sarge, for a fun teaser, and thanks to Emily103 too for the interesting history of the first mass parachute jump. Geronimo starts as terrorist, ends as hero of sorts -- makes you wonder.

Posted by marschie on Feb 02, 2007

I got it. Great teaser!!

True story follows: In the fifties I was in the Army Security Agency (ASA) stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina -- which was the home of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Once, when flying back from a leave I spent in NYC, I sat next to a paratrooper in uniform. He was terribly nervous as we got closer to Fort Bragg. I asked him why he was so nervous. He said, "I've never landed before."

Posted by katjojo on Feb 02, 2007

I did not get it. But a very interesting teaser!!

Posted by wandering_goat on Feb 02, 2007

I didn't know much about him (perhaps because I'm not an American) but I guessed the name because of the "jump" clue.

Posted by scallio on Feb 02, 2007

Beautifully written...

Posted by CharleneFaye on Feb 02, 2007

that was good. i enjoyed that one

Posted by alfred19 on Feb 02, 2007

neva heard of him

Posted by nightpuppy on Feb 02, 2007

Wow that was kinda hard but I liked it and i learned some new facts. Thanks 4 that lol

Posted by jacstop on Feb 02, 2007

For me, this was easy. Nothing wrong with an easy one but it just was. For the many that expressed how difficult this was exposes that US History is recorded and taught in a fragmented, exiguous, limited, and short sighted manner. It promotes the fallacy of what some consider "standard" American truisms.

Posted by Trishgal on Feb 02, 2007

first off, I squeaked through history. Thought it was Custer ,but after seeing the line about the jump ,i did guess it right. Have to admit i enjoyed the teaser THX

Posted by breathesunshine on Feb 02, 2007

I love teasers like this because if you don't know the answer beforehand then you learn something new from it!

Posted by Skydragon on Feb 02, 2007

The last line gave it away

Posted by MelkorDCLXVI on Feb 02, 2007

I randomly guessed Geronimo and obviously i was right! I would have thought it was sitting bull except that means sitting bull, not one who yawns.

Posted by notsosmart111 on Feb 02, 2007

I loved your teaser

Posted by curious_george on Feb 02, 2007

I like this one! I din't get it untill the last clue about jumping, but I still thought it was really fun!

Posted by Shikamaru on Feb 02, 2007

pretty good but who is geronimo?

Posted by sepherocity on Feb 02, 2007

the jump was a very good hint. keep up the good work.

Posted by phyllisa on Feb 02, 2007

Fantastic and I learned something! I got it from the "jump"!

Posted by matthewmurch on Feb 02, 2007

I was thinking Samson until the last few lines. Excellent job.

Posted by driter425 on Feb 02, 2007

I was so stuck on this one that I was guessing Robin Hood...I'm no good at these brain teasers, especially this one.

Posted by SPUTNIK2 on Feb 03, 2007

this was a very nice teaser! Fun too!

Posted by WhiteBrain on Feb 05, 2007

Sorry but it was seriously easy !!!!!!
But congrats on giving it ago.

Posted by mosca on Jul 28, 2007

Agree with 99% of the comments - great teaser! Hope you've done more since!

Posted by sgtammo on Apr 04, 2008

Thanks for your encouraging words. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Posted by cacepc on Feb 02, 2010

Excellent teaser!!! I "got it" in the first stanza. A very good start in teasers. Now, I have to look up more of your work. I call this one BTE (Best Teaser Ever).

Posted by TallTimber on Feb 02, 2010

Nicely done, well written.

Posted by auntiesis on Feb 02, 2010

Loved this one Sarge. I got it just before the jump line, then I knew for sure I got it right. The comments were also great, thanks everybody.

Posted by avonma on Feb 02, 2010

I was lost until the jump clue. I had figured out that the "Crook" was somebody's name, but didn't get Geronimo until the last of the riddle. Thanks, sgt. For the post. A great riddle and lots of wonderful information!

Posted by choirgirl926 on Feb 02, 2010

I thought it was a Native American. It would kinda make sense.

Posted by beyonce123 on Feb 02, 2010

i was gonna get it wrong but the jump gave it away nice

Posted by patiencewithaP on Feb 02, 2010

Nicely written!

Posted by racoonieboy on Jul 21, 2010

I don't know if anyone caught this, but autobiographies are biographies written by the people who it describes. So if he didn't write it, it's not an autobiography.

Posted by Babe on Feb 02, 2013

Good to know! Loved all the comments!

Posted by cutebug on Feb 02, 2013

The jump line made it very easy. This was well written,and I enjoyed it. GGFW have a great day.

Posted by gaylewolf on Feb 02, 2013

Well written - interesting facts! Thanks for posting! DH good to connect with you!

Posted by iggy39 on Feb 02, 2013

I found it very interesting and fun.
The facts they just added to a very good quiz. Thx!

Posted by allythebuterfly on Feb 02, 2013

No one really says that where I'm around, so I was completely baffled haha. Actually the only time I think I've ever even heard that name is on a cartoon when someone was doing a cannonball into a pool Great teaser anyway though!

Posted by hermygranger123 on Feb 02, 2016

Haha for some reason I though people cried "Eureka" before they jumped. Needless to say, I facepalmed really hard when I saw the answer

Posted by HABS2933 on Feb 02, 2016

Up until the jump line, I was baffled. Had it after that.

Posted by raisin99 on Feb 02, 2016

the jump part gave it away...nicely written

Posted by catmom on Feb 02, 2016

" my name is the last word said when people make a big jump."
That is what gave it away for me. Great teaser!

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