The fecundity of the rabbit is truly astonishing ; it breeds seven times in the year, and generally produces eight young at a time ; from which it is calculated, that one pair may increase in the course of four years, to the amazing number of 1,274,840. In Spain, they once increased to such a degree as to become so noxious, that the inhabitants were obliged to procure ferrets from Africa to destroy them. Editor.
A lot of sites say that Pliny documented this trade, but the relevant passage of his Natural history actually says: “It is a well-known fact, that the inhabitants of the Balearic islands begged of the late Emperor Augustus the aid of a number of soldiers, to prevent the too rapid increase of these animals.” Perhaps this is a translation error caused by the use of similar words with the same root for both ferrets and thieves. God bless the Italian armed forces.
The more popular candidate is Strabo, but I don’t know the passage in question. It has a bone-like penis which is used in some fashion beyond my recall to cure calculus or some such in the bladder. You don’t expect me to read all this crap, surely.
Much to the confusion of many, ferrets are not sold in ferreterías but earthenware cooking pots are.
- Pigeon poo, II
Of course it is the fault of those damn Muslims: The Marchenero is one of the oldest pouter breeds, and it is
Lluís Foix is another of the lost old fools who wander round La Vanguardia gabbling the ultra-conservative mantras of the Franco
- Unnacompanied into the woods?
The other day someone gave me the (impeccable) English translation of Gabriel Tortella’s classic El desarrollo de la España contemporánea. Historia
- Filets de Lapin as at Barcelona
From Georgiana Hill, The gourmet’s guide to rabbit cooking, by an old epicure (1859): Take the fillets from a fine young Ostend
- The fire and the precipice
The following curious passage brought back memories of a quiet Tuesday several years ago: The sixty Catalans imprisoned in Adrianople, after the