Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Fox and the Mask

A FOX entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a smiling Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it and said, "What a beautiful head! Yet it is of no value, as it entirely lacks..."

Drifting off into thought, he realized that with the help of this Mask he could infiltrate and subvert the human society. His eyes fell on a straight razor. "My fur will betray me. I must be rid of it."

His paws were not well suited for the task. After several laborious hours he was naked and covered in cuts, and gashes. There were still little tufts of orange fur and stubble where the wounds intersected but most of his skin was now either pink and smooth or lacerated. He summoned his courage and chopped off his tail.

He awoke some time later in a coagulating puddle of blood. He put on the mask and admired himself in a full-length mirror, of which he only needed the bottom half. He picked up the razor and menaced his grinning reflection as he teetered on his hind legs.

The actor swung the door open to enter and froze at the sight of it. Staying carefully on his hind legs, the masked Monster held up the razor and charged forward.

The Fox and the Mask (original fable)

A FOX entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it and said, "What a beautiful head! Yet it is of no value, as it entirely lacks brains."

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