Daily Archives: April 1, 2009

Don’t Call it a Comeback (03/29)

We've been here for years, there are just more of us now

We've been here for years, there are just more of us now!

The Poitou comes from the Equus asinus species and is – basically – a donkey with dreadlocks.    The Poitou was bred exclusively to be used in the breeding of mules (one of the traditional activities of the region) and as such was exported throughout the world in numbers.

However, the success story of the Poitou was destined not to last.  With the advent of industry and mechanized farming, the call for the Poitou declined and as demand fell, so did the numbers of this amazing looking beast.

In 1977 a survey revealed that there were only twelve stallions (the locals call them baudets) and thirteen mares (likewise, known as anesses) left.

Local authorities, keen to retain this unique but vestigial remnant of local history, together with the French National Parks, breeders and scientists, joined together to create a studbook.

Thanks to this program there are now over one hundred Poitous of each gender in their native region alive and well and ready to breed some more.  Worldwide there are around a thousand.

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Ah…it’s nice to hear a story with a happy ending ever now and then, isn’t it?

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered (03/28)

What is a One Penny Black?

Even though my brother got this answer wrong while playing trivia, he shared the correct answer with me.


It was the first stamp!

Unfortunately, for my brother and his team the answer was not black licorice.

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Let go of my Lego! (03/27)

Learned this one from Mentalfloss.com

LEGO blocks were invented by Ole Kirk Christiansen, a master carpenter who lived in Denmark. The word comes from the Danish words LEg and GOdt, which together means “play well.” They later discovered that in Latin,  Lego means “I put together.”

Read more about Legos:

Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick


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