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118504.  Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:38 am Reply with quote

What is QI-est about the Dodo?
That is was not driven to extinction by the voracious Dutch who ate them all as the saying goes.
The Dutch called the bird Walgvogel wich means Disgustable Bird, beacause it tasted more foul than fowl.

The Dutch did cause the demise of the bird by bringing pigs to the Island.
The pigs ate roughly the same food as the Dodo and the birds died of starvation beacause they were the weaker of the food competitors.
The Dutch ate pork, the pigs ate the Mauritian equivalent of acorns and the Dodo extincted it's way into evolutionary history and the idiom of many modern languages by collectively kicking the bucket.

Ah well and the fact that this huge waddler is a sort of pigeon

118521.  Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:17 am Reply with quote

More dodo-related fun on this thread:

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118531.  Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:53 am Reply with quote

excavations on Mauritius in the cesspits left by the Dutch settlers revealed no Dodo dodo or other mortal remains. This led to the conclusion that they were not on the menu. Anyhow who would feast on fricasseed Disgustabird?


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