Monday, May 14, 2012

Matthias: Who names their kid that?

Today is the Feast of St. Matthias (on our Catholic calendar, anyway). Matthias is the saint who, by lot, was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as an apostle. Some accounts call him the saint of "luck" because he was "lucky" to be chosen as an apostle. Accounts also tell of his beheading due to his apostolic standing. Some luck!

Unlike some of the other apostolic names: Peter, James, John, Andrew, for instance, there aren't many folks I know named Matthias. Except in Germany. Two come to mind.

One is legendary guitarist of the Scorpions, Matthias Jabs. Try, just try, to imitate the shredding of "Rock You Like A Hurricane". You can't. Because you're not Matthias Jabs. Here he is from the youtubes:

The other Matthias is, honest-ta-goodness, the professional Arm Wrestler, Matthias Schlitte. I saw this guy on one of those cheesy syndicated shows, one of those "XTREEEEEME" shows. Check out his freakin' forearm. The boy has gone full Popeye:
Here he is in "action":

 So in sum, Matthias can be the patron saint of German geeks who can possibly kick your ass.