Friday, June 11, 2010

Pachyderm peccadilloes

(From Harper's Weekly):

Scientists found that elephants can do basic math.

In an unrelated story, an elephant in Portland, Oregon, named Rose-Tu (anagram of ouster) gave birth to a 286-pound calf and immediately began to kick it. (Maybe it refused to learn its multiplication tables.)

Among other dumb stunts,
Will stampede,
With no heed
For decorum,
Or a quorum.
You'll see parties of eight
And two take a notion
To swing into motion,
For the sake of some kicks;
So the leftover six --
To escape jeers and laughter --
Must tag along after,
With no special pleasure.
From simple peer pressure

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