In one form I am very tall, in another, elegant
In one form I am happiness, in another, an eyesore
In one form I am metal, in another, paper
In one form Sasaki's lament, in another Greek ingenuity
In one form I am kung-fu, in another I am strong and static.

What am I?

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Sasaki is the last name of a famous Japanese girl.


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A crane?

  • The machine is tall, the animal, elegant
  • I’m not sure about happiness, but metal cranes are eyesores
  • Metal cranes, paper cranes
  • Sadako Sasaki
  • Surely there’s some kung-fu crane thing. Or maybe not. And again, the machine is strong and static – or maybe this refers to something else?

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! Did the hint give it away? Cranes (the bird) were an inspiration for the creation of kung-fu and embody happiness and youthfulness in Chinese culture. $\endgroup$
    – JamesENL
    Commented Nov 13, 2014 at 5:43
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    $\begingroup$ @JamesMassey: No, just “Sasaki”. I’ve folded plenty of cranes at school… =) $\endgroup$
    – Ry-
    Commented Nov 13, 2014 at 5:43

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