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#5015 - 10/15/01 07:00 PM Re: hippopotamus virus is spreading...
Keiva Offline
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'Mid Fantasi-astic images of terpsichorean beauties
en jete-ing and plie-ing in their hippopotatuti,
Many further inspirations I am tempted to educe
For the hippopoamusement of the hippopostaMuse,
But I fear 'twould be excessive, and that any further scrutiny
Would constitute incitement to a hippopotamutiny.

#5016 - 10/15/01 10:35 PM Re: hippopotamus virus is spreading...
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The other interesting note on the Darwin page gives food for thought as to a possible explanation for our recent penchant for including hippos in our threads here:

"Hippos play an important role in the African ecosystem. Their dung feeds tiny water microorganisms, which in turn support a food chain of larger creatures. On land, their large bodies and grazing habits make trails that provide other animals with easy access to water holes. [Seaworld]"

Could they be stirring the pot? Fertilizing our poor, overworked little brains? Just a hippi thought. There certainly have been a wealth of posts recently! Ball's back in you're court, Dub Dub. See, Jazzo, what did I tell you? Food, sports and hippopotomi!

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#5018 - 10/16/01 08:14 AM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
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and no-one yet has mentioned the theme song of hippopotami: -- "Mud, mud, glorious mud".

With acknowledgement to Flanders and Swann.

#5019 - 11/17/01 04:03 PM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
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I read somewhere this week that a hippopotamus is more closely related to a pig than to a horse, which isn't electrifying news or surprising.

However, and more to the point, in reading over this thread and coming to Paulb's "Mud, mud, glorious mud" post above, I thought of a hippopotamud, which sounds like a hippodrome-sized pot of mud, say, one for the convivial pleasure of mud bathing with the thousands.

And what is the name of that now extinct cow in the cave drawings==the auroch something or other?

#5020 - 11/18/01 02:58 AM
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#5021 - 11/18/01 09:36 AM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
Wordwind Offline
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Max, I just tried the link, but the page is down. Hope it is, indeed, "temporarily unavailable." I'd like to read Caesar's description if it's there...

#5022 - 11/18/01 12:44 PM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
Vernon Compton Offline

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I just tried the link Max gave and it worked. In case you are still having trouble, here is Caesar's desceription from that site

"They are but a little less than Elephants in size, and are of the species, color, and form of a bull. Their strength is very great, and also their speed. They spare neither man nor beast that they see. They cannot be brought to endure the sight of men, nor be tamed, even when taken young. The people who take them in pitfalls assiduously destroy them; and young men harden themselves in this labour, and exercise themselves in this kind of chase; and those who have killed a great number - the horns being publicly exhibited in evidence of the fact - obtain great honour. The horns, in amplitude, shape and species, differ much from the horns of our oxen. They are much sought after; and after having been edged with silver at their mouths they are used for drinking vessels at great feasts."

#5023 - 11/18/01 12:52 PM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
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Thanks, Vernon...

It was worth the read to imagine those mouths of silver at the great feasts.

Best regards,

#5024 - 11/18/01 01:04 PM Re: hippopotami a cappella .
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Dear MaxQ: I enjoyed the link, thank you. I wonder what the aurochs could find to graze on in the deep forests of ancient Germany. And it wasn't clear whether the aurochs were being killed for food, or because they were so dangerous. I wonder when sport first began. Of course it could have been a rite de passage before it degenerated into sport.

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