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April Fool (Poodle clipping)

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RobH
678872.  Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:33 pm Reply with quote

Has QI fallen for a two year old April Fool tonight?

Here's the April Fool in full:

128 days to go . . .

128: The number of competitors who participated in the poodle-clipping event at the 1900 Olympics in Paris. The event was held in the leafy environs of the Bois de Boulogne and it was the only occasion that it featured as an Olympic discipline.

This, no doubt, came as a relief to Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French founding father of the modern Olympic movement, who had opposed its inclusion, but was outvoted by his International Olympic Committee colleagues.

The gold medal was won by Avril Lafoule, a 37-year-old farmer's wife from the Auvergne region of France, who successfully clipped 17 poodles in the allotted two-hour time frame.

The poodle-clipping competition, held on April 1, was watched by 6,000 spectators, one of the larger audiences at the most chaotic Olympic Games of all.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2565840/How-Telegraph-struck-Olympic-poodle-clipping-gold-in-Beijing.html

 
Flash
679013.  Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:25 pm Reply with quote

Hmmmm - yes, it certainly looks like we fell for that one hook, line & sinker. Well spotted, RobH - how embarrassing!

 
britishsm
679120.  Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:24 am Reply with quote

Avril Lafoule ... *face palms* it's all so clear now! ...

B.

 
peteraugusts
691032.  Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:46 am Reply with quote

Why are the poodles always the butt of jokes? The funny thing is that no one thought it was a joke. Hell, clipping a Poodle seemed like something they'd do for a sport at one point..

 
Sadurian Mike
691047.  Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:05 am Reply with quote

Given the proud nature of the "normal" poodle (a hunting dog, no less), clipping it into girly patterns is really humiliating.

It is akin to making a Rottwelier wear a pink diamanté collar and bow.

(That's bow, the noun, not teaching it to takes bows. Or bow wows.)

 

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