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June 25, 2015

American Hippopotamus


In 1910, the United States —its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted—was in the throes of a serious meat shortage.
But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: to import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them. -- Kindle Store

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 25, 2015 8:36 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Hippos kill more people in Africa than lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

It would have been interesting and disastrous if they had succeeded in importing the beasts. With no natural enemies they would have become a bigger plague than feral hogs.

My uncle Letsgo Lozko was approached on the project but turned them down.

He explained he didn't want to be called "Hippopotamus" Lozko.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 26, 2015 9:07 PM

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