Monday, November 12, 2012


French Pigeons Don't Get Fat

...because they're too busy serving in Europe's last remaining military dovecote. Which is amazing, obviously, and also allows us to reflect on those pigeons who came before:

The bird, Le Vaillant, skipped German bullets and flew through toxic clouds, back to its dovecote, helping save 100 lives. At the end of the war, he was decorated with the Cross of War, a distinction reserved for French war heroes.

"He's my inspiration," said Mr. Decool, casting a respectful look on Le Vaillant's stuffed body, which is on display at the pigeon-post museum.

Because it never rains carrier pigeon stories but it pours, this Brit has now delivered his final message posthumously.

On this, the day after the Veterans Day you did not get to miss work for, let's remember all those soldiers, be they human or avian, who have served their countries, and sincerely hope that peace prevails in our world.

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Our pigeons need to stop eating carbs. You'd never see some chic French pigeon in a bread necklace http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/who-wore-it-best-the-bread-necklace


@parallel-lines I knew the cats stole this trend from somewhere!


a rational, yet spiritual approach to life.@a

The Lady of Shalott

Who doesn't have work off today? Besides people in the States, I mean. There is jack-all open today--I don't even think Tim's is open today. All the more time to sit around and read stories about pigeons!


@The Lady of Shalott I'm in the states, and I'm working :-(

Lisa Frank

@The Lady of Shalott I'm in the states and I'm working too. We were supposed to have the day off, but my boss cancelled it because we lost so much time to the hurricane.


@The Lady of Shalott booooo ... everything in Toronto is open.


@The Lady of Shalott Despite normally following the Feds, at my workplace only veterans get they day off (and the only veteran I know of in our office is actually here today?).

The Lady of Shalott

Holy crap, you guys! Move out East, nothing here is open today. I mean, it is a lousy place to live but at least we have another day off?


@The Lady of Shalott I am also working today. The fact that it's beautiful out today does not make me happy about this. I just had my workaversary; I should've taken today off :(


@The Lady of Shalott What, what?! I'm working in Toronto. The Tim's is open. There was never a question that I would be working. Ontario, man. :(


@Meeple other canadian provinces get remembrance day off. Just not us. Why? I am in favour of holidays, and remembering.


@The Lady of Shalott Things are open in the UK; Remembrance Day was Sunday (actually, I don't think we normally get it off anyway. There's just the two-minute silence at 11).


Slight tangent, but when I lived in Paris my friend had a theory that you could judge the quality of a neighborhood based on how many toes the pigeons who hung out there had left. More toes = better neighborhood. It was generally pretty accurate.


Nicole, I disagree with your premise. (Though the French people I know would almost certainly blame the obesity of French pigeons on American tourists.)

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