Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday funny

Looks like animals are improving their self-defense capability.
A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape...
H/T: Mrs. Paco

Update: Kevin B in the comments reveals the existence of another dangerous animal.


Steve Skubinna said...

No conclusion so far on which particular gunshot wound can be blamed on Ms. Palin...

We'd like to say both shootings are the result of racist bloodthirsty snowbilly Palin's hateful rhetoric, but people won't stop laughing long enough for us to make the point.

tw: barmalib. An idea that has my endorsement, although we will need a lot more barms in order to get every lib.

Kevin B said...

Ha! You think Belorussian foxes are tough. Wait till you see the Russian Hamster of Doom!

bruce said...

See? Gaia is after us I tell's yah! Just like Hitchcock said.

Michael Lonie said...

Got what he deserved for hunting a fox with a rifle, instead of on horseback with a pack of dogs, the civilized way.

In Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "Ruddygore" the bad Baronet of Ruddygore, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, must commit a crime every day or die a hideous death. The ghosts of his ancestors come to interrogate him about the crimes he has committed during his first week as bad baronet. None of the crimes find favor with them, except one.

(Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, explaining that he had forged his own will to commit Wednesday's crime) Can't I though, I did. A man can do what he likes with his own, can't he?

(The ghost of Roderick Murgatroyd)I suppose he can.

Then he can forge his own will, stupid. On Thursday I shot a fox.

(All the ghosts) Hear, hear. (Roderick Murgatroyd) Now that's better. Pass the fox, I think.

Paco said...

In one of Conan Doyle's brilliantly funny Brigadier Gerard stories (How the Brigadier Slew the Fox), Gerard is on a secret reconnaissance mission in England, and inadvertently gets tangled up in a fox hunt. The story is almost Wodehousian in its comic effects.

Steve Skubinna said...

Ah, I just found and downloaded - free! - The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard for my new Kindle. Lots of free, or nominally priced stuff. Got Theodore Momssen's History of Rome for $.99. Found Gibbon for $1.10. Found Herodotus, Suetonius, Tacitus, Polybius, Arrian, Xenophon for nothing or next to it.

I have all those on my shelf, but never bring them when traveling because, hey, that's eleven volumes between Momssen and Gibbon. Well, now I carry them with me! Plus the complete Sherlock Holmes, all of the Father Brown books, lots of Wodehouse and Stevenson and George McDonald Fraser.

bingbing said...

And remember, don't drink with a hamster.

Michael Lonie said...

The two collections of stories about Etienne Gerard (the darling of the ladies and the six brigades of light cavalry) are great. "How the brigadier hunted the fox" is one of the best. Here is how it begins, with Colonel Gerard speaking in the first person.

"It was in the year 1810 that I, Massena, and the others drove the English back into Portugal."

Later Marshal Massena has an interview with Gerard.

"Colonel Gerard, I have always heard that you are a most gallant and entrprising officer."

Well it was not for me to confirm this, but it would be folly to deny it, so I merely clicked my heels and bowed.

"You are also the best horseman in the six brigades of light cavalry."

I admitted it.

"And the best swordsman."

Massena was famous for the accuracy of his information.

Apparently the stories were modeled on the memoirs of Baron Marbot, a French officer who commanded the 23rd Chasseurs a Cheval Regiment under Napoleon. They had recently been published when Doyle wrote the Gerard stories, and I guess Marbot was as much of an egoist as the fictional Gerard.

The Gerard stories were made into a very bad movie back in the 80s.