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Tantalus Pelops

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Pelops is a lucky guy. Okay, maybe he isn't so lucky when his dad, Tantalus, decides to dismember him and serve him as dinner to the gods. However, he is pretty lucky when Zeus decides to put back together again, Humpty-Dumpty style. In the end, Pelops makes it out of the awful situation with everything but his shoulder, which the distracted Demeter accidentally eats. Even this is made right, however, because Zeus gets Hephaestus to carve Pelops an awesome new shoulder out of ivory. We're guessing a god-made shoulder is way better than the one he had before anyway. Pelops later goes on to be a powerful king in his own right, and he famously fathers the dueling brothers, Atreus and Thyestes.

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