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971420.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:31 pm Reply with quote

How did I not think aboout K9?

This surely deserves a section of it's own :)

To start off, why might ancient Egyptians prefer a dead cat to a dead dog in their household?

Klaxon for suggesting they only revered cats.

According to Herodotus, if you lived in a household in which a cat had died, you were required to shave off your eyebrows. However, if you lived in a house in which a dog had died, you would have to shave off all the hair on your head and the rest of your body.

971422.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:42 pm Reply with quote

In Iran the religious leadership frowns on the keeping of dogs as pets, and over the years some clerics have been known to lecture that keeping dogs as pets was unislamic, and many pets have been confescated by police.

The Government in Iran had mostly ignored the issue, and seemed to have no problem with people keeping dogs as pets. However, in early 2011 a bill was introduced to make the ownership of pet dogs illegal. I can find several reports of the introduction of this bill, but cannot find further reports on whether it became law or not. If anyone can find this out, it might be Qi.

971423.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:57 pm Reply with quote

Which prioneering cosmonaut's decendents started a family in the White House?

The answer is Strelka, one of two dogs who were sent into space by the Soviet Union (along with a rabbit, mice, rats and flies) and became the first Earth born creatures launched into space to return safely (Laika was the first animal in space, but did not survive the journey).

Strelka went on to have 6 puppies, one of which was a bitch called Pushinka, who was given as a present to JFK's daughter, Caroline, as a gift by Nikita Khrushchev. After being checked for any spying equipment, the dog was rbought to the White House where she enjoyed a liaison with Kennedy's dog, Charlie. The result was 4 puppies which JFK nicknamed as the Pupniks. Decendents of these puppies still live in the US today.

971424.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:06 pm Reply with quote

After being checked for any spying equipment

That is sooo Dr Strangelove. What a sad world these people inhabit - where every gift received is seen as a subterfuge, and (presumably) where every gift offered is seen as an opportunity to spy.

971426.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:09 pm Reply with quote

You have to remember this was in 1961, it was the height of the cold war, which is why I mentioned it :)

971430.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:32 pm Reply with quote

Plus ca change

971484.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:21 am Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:

According to Herodotus, if you lived in a household in which a cat had died, you were required to shave off your eyebrows. However, if you lived in a house in which a dog had died, you would have to shave off all the hair on your head and the rest of your body.

The reliability of Herodotus is particularly criticized when writing about Egypt. Alan B. Lloyd states that as a historical document, the writings of Herodotus are seriously defective, and that he was working from "inadequate sources".[71] Nielsen writes that: "Though we cannot entirely rule out the possibility of Herodotus having been in Egypt, it must be said that his narrative bears little witness to it."[72] Fehling states that Herodotus never traveled up the Nile River, and that almost everything he says about Egypt and Ethiopia is doubtful.[73][74] About the claim of Herodotus that the Pharaoh Sesostris campaigned in Europe, and that he left a colony in Colchia, Fehling states that "there is not the slightest bit of history behind the whole story".[75] Fehling concludes that the works of Herodotus are intended as fiction.[76] Depew and Obbink concur that much of the content of the works of Herodotus are literary devices.[77]

971583.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:32 am Reply with quote

There are questions on the reliability of Herodotus's reliability in recounting some of the history of Egypt, that's quite widely known, but that's not to mean that everything he wrote was false.

In the same article in which he wrote about shaving while mourning for pets, he also wrote about cats being embalmed, while dogs were buried in tombs, and archaeological finds have proven this to be the case, so there's good reason to believe that there may be truth in some of what he wrote.

It may be that there were only individual incidents of this practice and it was not widely practiced, but if there's a possibility it may have happened at some point it may be Qi.

971703.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:46 pm Reply with quote

971721.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:28 pm Reply with quote

I was never into Doctor Who, but I do remember that dog being iconic. It always looked to me like he had a fag in his mouth :)

971723.  Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:37 pm Reply with quote

Not sure if posted about this on Qi, but the story of man's best friend:

976752.  Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Kanin is Danish for rabbit. This lead to several (bad) family jokes around the brand of dog food called "Royal Canin".

995210.  Thu May 09, 2013 5:10 pm Reply with quote

"Why would a Danish kanin/canine eat lettuce?" Although it's not pronounced the same, so it wouldn't fit too well in a show like QI that's meant to educate people.

995224.  Thu May 09, 2013 5:38 pm Reply with quote

In German it's Kaninchen.

995237.  Thu May 09, 2013 6:29 pm Reply with quote

Awitt wrote:
In German it's Kaninchen.

:D true, but my best friend pointed out to me recently that there is also a type of miniature Dachshund which is known as a Kaninchen:

According to Wikipedia:
Dachshunds come in three sizes: standard, miniature,[11] and kaninchen (German for "rabbit"). Although the standard and miniature sizes are recognized almost universally, the rabbit size is not recognized by clubs in the United States and the United Kingdom, but is recognized by all of the clubs within the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation) (FCI), which contain kennel clubs from 83 countries all over the world.[12] An increasingly common size for family pets falls between the miniature and the standard size, frequently referred to as "tweenies."


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