The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Monday, December 13, 2004

HARRY THE HIPPO, HOME AT LAST: I suppose this story should mean nothing to me, as I am not a resident of Cape Town, but I find myself wondering how it is that in a city of 2.98 million people no one noticed a young picked on hippopotamus for more than ten months. One assumes that there are only so many places a young hippo can hide, and that there probably isn't a large and well-organized underground dedicated to hiding very large semi-aquatic mammals from the South African authorities. With these as givens then, it seems to me that the South African police have spent a truly inordinate amount of time hunting this particular fugitive down. If they cannot find a hippopotamus in the middle of a vast urban area, how well can they be doing at hunting down human fugitives, who look like the majority of the population of Cape Town and do not weigh literally weigh a ton?


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