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  1. John Henrynoun

    hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill


  1. John Henrynoun

    One's signature.

  2. Etymology: Believed to be a Western United States cowboy variation (dating from the late 1700s or early 1800s) of John Hancock, the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence and whose name later became a synonym for a signature. This usage predates the American folklore hero John Henry from the 1870s.


  1. john henry

    John Henry is a legendary figure from American folklore, often depicted as an African American steel-driver in the post-Civil War era. The traditional story tells of a contest between Henry, who used a hammer and chisel, and a steam-powered drilling machine, in which John Henry won but died from exhaustion. He is celebrated as a symbol of human strength and endurance, and his story is often used as a moral about the cost of technological advancement. The tale of John Henry has been commemorated in numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels.


  1. John Henry

    John Henry is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock group They Might Be Giants. It was released in 1994. It is the first album by They Might Be Giants to utilize a full band arrangement, rather than synthesized and programmed backing tracks. The album's name, a reference to the man versus machine fable of John Henry, is an allusion to the band's fundamental switch to more conventional instrumentation, especially the newly-established use of a human drummer instead of a drum machine. John Henry is TMBG's longest record and was the band's highest-charting adult album, having peaked at #61 on the Billboard 200, until 2011's Join Us, which peaked at #32. In 2013, the album was reissued across a double LP by Asbestos Records.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of john henry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of john henry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Caitlin Reilly:

    John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out, imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being Caitlin Reilly dad.

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