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November 02, 2012


The New Livestock: Rodents of Unusual Size

(Thanks to The Perts)


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Now I know what to get my brother for Christmas.

One year, my sister and I both gave him the back half of a pig from Heifer. Dad didn't know what to do with the water buffalo.

Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.

Hey! Get off me! Aggghh

i saw then open for mott the hoople in '77.

Wonderful story of helping to create a sustainable livelihood for a poor community.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.


OK. That's Benin and Ghana crossed off the bucket list.

This one is a bit obscure, so I'll provide a link.

"I know who's behind the Giant Rat of Sumatra!"

"All right, Stones, I'll bite. Whose behind is the Giant Rat of Sumatra?"

And, as I'm sure was predictable, I just had to go off and get all academic. In fact, this critter is not a cross between a beaver and anything, it's the Greater Cane Rat (Thryonomys swinderianus).

The Greater Cane Rat: it's Africa's other, um, meat-colored meat!

Greater than what, you ask? Well, greater than the Lesser Cane Rat (Thryonomys gregorianus,) evidently, which is just a good rat, not a great one.

So you saying Omni that it doesn't build dams ? (Damn...)

Hmm, I see a business opportunity. Rat-Fil-A restaurants, and you could have billboards with chickens and cows holding up "Eat Mor Rodant" signs.

It's cute.

I'm sorry to hear that the poor thing has a swinderianus. I bet that hurts.

Build a man a fire and you keep him warm for a day.
Set a man on fire and you keep him warm to the rest of his life.

Wiredog ~ You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

That story was WAY too much work for one funny caption so...

Rodents of Unusual Size WBAGNFARB.

Basically a spineless version of their porcupine cousins. Yum!

Rabbits were classified as rodents until 1912, with which they share many characteristics. They are distinguished from rodents only by the arrangement of their teeth. Recent DNA based studies indicate that rabbits and rodents share a common ancestor.

Thus, for all practical purposes, if you have eaten rabbit, you have eaten Rodent of Unusual Size.

Give a man a cheeseburger and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to cheeseburger and you set him up for a minimum wage job.

In fact, there's a lagomorph in the freezer right now. Civet de lièvre ... mmmm.

IIRC, sumwhere in myth, legend, or archeologisticalness, the early/ancestral "rabbit" wuz the size of a Buick station wagon ... more than enuf for all the family @ Thanksgiving Dinner ...

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