He's been a member of the most famous fighting superhero foursome for the past 40 years. As the unquestioned muscle of the group, he helped save the planet (even the universe) countless times.
And for all that time, Benjamin Jacob Grimm held a closely guarded secret.
But now the tough-talking former test pilot (and charter member of The Fantastic Four) has revealed his concealed heritage.
It turns out that Grimm, known to comic book lovers around the world merely as The Thing, is Jewish.
A book memorializing the 21 primarily Russian teenage girls killed by a suicide bomber outside a Tel Aviv disco a year ago isn't finished yet, says the mother of one of the victims, "because there are a lot more [terrorist attacks] happening."
Each time there has been another terrorist attack, says Riina Rudin, "we relive [Simona's death] all over again."
Simona, 17, was killed in the June 1, 2001 attack, which also injured 120. Rudin says the book should be widely read to convince the world to stamp out terrorism.
Talk about hitting a sour note.
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra's eight-city American concert tour that was slated to begin Aug. 20 has been canceled, but the reason why remains unclear.
Some reports quoted orchestra officials in Israel as saying that no security firm could be found to protect the orchestra and its patrons for fear of a terrorist attack. Other reports attributed the cancellation to the orchestra's inability to find an insurance company willing to provide coverage because of what was called "terrorist problems."
Now that city teachers have won a hefty, 16 percent pay raise, Jewish education experts are worried about an exodus from day schools to public schools.
According to a survey by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York last year, the average maximum salary for head teachers at yeshivas and day schools is about $35,000.
Were you affected by 9-11? Do you have a poignant memory from the tragedy and its aftermath?
Then the JCC in Manhattan wants to hear your story.
To mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, the Upper West Side institution will hold "An Evening of Reflection and Hope" on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street. The event will feature New Yorkers reading their "thoughts, experiences, memories, sources of inspiration": with some music.
The Elias Sports Bureau probably doesn't have this stat in its archives: the New York Mets are 4-1 in day games at Shea Stadium when "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" is sung in Yiddish and glatt kosher vendors patrol the stands. In other words, on Jewish Heritage Day.
The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Queens Jewish Community Council cosponsored the event for the fifth year on Sunday, and the Mets won for the fourth time: 6-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.