The Saga of a Man, Two Lions, and a Freak Accident That Got Freakier


The sounds of fireworks and revelry echoed through the warm Oregon night as people throughout Portland celebrated Independence Day. It was July 4th, 1970. And among the crowds were three young men enjoying the triple pleasure of a holiday, a summer evening, and the vigor of youth.
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In the 1930s, daredevils would drive up walls with lions for passengers

Last week, we met a lion tamer who used his powers of persuasion to transform his cats into a stately throne. Today, we will examine the defunct practice of corralling large, semi-unpredictable cats into motordromes, training them to sit in sidecars, and tearing ass up perilous inclines with these apex predators in… »8/27/12 11:15am8/27/12 11:15am

In 1929, the most important article in the history of zoology was published

This honor goes to the above blurb from Modern Mechanics magazine (click to enlarge), wherein naturalist Harry C. Ostrander foisted blatant pro-Babar propaganda upon an unsuspecting audience. Duplicitous trunked pretender! For more old-school taxonomic comedy, see J.W. Buel's biological tableaus of humans being… »5/22/12 4:10pm5/22/12 4:10pm