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Thursday, October 3, 2013

If all the animals in the zoo got in a fight, who would win?

Too much tedious news this week - let's contemplate something more fun, via the Improbable.com blog from the folks who do the Ig Nobel awards: A 1901 newspaper article that speculated about which zoo animals would win if they all fought each other.

The article ran through the various fighting attributes of elephants, lions, tigers, deer, bears, snakes, and even kangaroos – which, the authors inform, can hug a dog “… in a fervent embrace that is generally fatal.” But is a kangaroo a match for, say, a giraffe? “The speciality of the giraffe is his enormous reach. He can deliver a nasty punch with his forelegs, and is not above biting his opponent when the opportunity offers.”

The article ran through the various fighting attributes of elephants, lions, tigers, deer, bears, snakes, and even kangaroos – which, the authors inform, can hug a dog “… in a fervent embrace that is generally fatal.” But is a kangaroo a match for, say, a giraffe? “The speciality of the giraffe is his enormous reach. He can deliver a nasty punch with his forelegs, and is not above biting his opponent when the opportunity offers.” - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/#sthash.pCEw525C.dpuf
The article ran through the various fighting attributes of elephants, lions, tigers, deer, bears, snakes, and even kangaroos – which, the authors inform, can hug a dog “… in a fervent embrace that is generally fatal.” But is a kangaroo a match for, say, a giraffe? “The speciality of the giraffe is his enormous reach. He can deliver a nasty punch with his forelegs, and is not above biting his opponent when the opportunity offers.” - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/2013/10/02/animal-fighters-speculation-c-1901/#sthash.VnlFsZQH.dpuf
The article ran through the various fighting attributes of elephants, lions, tigers, deer, bears, snakes, and even kangaroos – which, the authors inform, can hug a dog “… in a fervent embrace that is generally fatal.” But is a kangaroo a match for, say, a giraffe? “The speciality of the giraffe is his enormous reach. He can deliver a nasty punch with his forelegs, and is not above biting his opponent when the opportunity offers.” - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/2013/10/02/animal-fighters-speculation-c-1901/#sthash.VnlFsZQH.dpuf
The article ran through the various fighting attributes of elephants, lions, tigers, deer, bears, snakes, and even kangaroos – which, the authors inform, can hug a dog “… in a fervent embrace that is generally fatal.” But is a kangaroo a match for, say, a giraffe? “The speciality of the giraffe is his enormous reach. He can deliver a nasty punch with his forelegs, and is not above biting his opponent when the opportunity offers.” - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/2013/10/02/animal-fighters-speculation-c-1901/#sthash.VnlFsZQH.dpuf

Maybe newspapers would be in better shape if we ran more stuff like this. Although these days, it would have to be in listicle form, with clip art.

Read the item here.