Saturday, June 09, 2007

Learning From Memes

As I've said before, there was a letter meme and I tried to foist the letter "Z" upon Amy. Angel read the meme and I challenged her to the letter "Q," which is just as difficult and she passed with flying colors (which would be "colours" down South Africa way). Not only that, she taught me something new, as in a "Quagga."

It's hide in the 1793 illustration on the Wiki page, has the same shades as the depictions I've seen of the extinct horses that existed in the Americas, thousands of years ago. They'd like to go "Jurassic Park," and recreate them from DNA, but the technology isn't quite ready. So they're engaging in selective breeding in an effort to create a close approximation.

Whatever they do, I don't think that they'll be able to recreate the quagga's unique bray.

I wonder if the quagga is the South African equivalent of the snipe? As in "let's go quagga hunting," when kids want to pull a prank on someone.


Blogger angel said...

thanx dude- glad you liked it!!!
i do wish someone could explain why the hunters of old picked on the quagga!

Sun Jun 10, 11:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


You're welcome. They picked on the quagga because they were feeding on the same range as the cows were.

A lot of the westerns made in the fifties centered around the range wars between sheep and cattle. Of course, the cowboys would shoot each other and get the worst of it.

Sun Jun 10, 04:51:00 PM PDT  

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