Odysseus shows great cunning in dealing with the fearsome Cyclops Polyphemus. First of all, he's smart enough not to tell the Cyclops his real name, at least not until he's managed to escape from Polyphemus's island. Instead, he tells the lumbering giant that his name is Nobody. This means that when Odysseus puts out the Cyclops's eye with a burning stake and Polyphemus screams out in agonizing pain that "Nobody" has attacked him, the other giants on the island don't think there's anything wrong.
Once Odysseus has blinded the Cyclops, he hits upon the bright idea of escaping with his men by clinging to the bellies of Polyphemus' sheep. This way, the Cyclops won't be able to reach down and grab them as they make their escape.
Unfortunately, Odysseus blots his copy-book somewhat by arrogantly taunting the stricken Polyphemus as he escapes from the island. For added stupidity, he even reveals his real name. Polyphemus, son of the sea-god Poseidon, cries out to his father to exact a terrible...
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