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 Post subject: Say what?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2003 11:04 am 
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From a story in today's Washington Post, about a very old whooping crane that died:<p>Over the past four decades, Canus sired more offspring in captivity than any other bird of his kind in U.S.-Canadian history. But the Secretariat of whooping cranes was also Mr. Mom, teaching his progeny to eat their food pellets, catch grasshoppers and hunt voles and mice."<p>The Secretariat of whooping cranes? Um, no.


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 Post subject: Re: Say what?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2003 1:11 pm 
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Since the writer kindly indicates this is "U.S.-Canada history", the appropriate comparison would be to (Canada's own!) Northern Dancer, considered the "sire of sires."
But it's a dumb comparison to begin with.


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 Post subject: Re: Say what?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2003 3:20 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by canuck:
Since the writer kindly indicates this is "U.S.-Canada history", the appropriate comparison would be to (Canada's own!) Northern Dancer, considered the "sire of sires."
But it's a dumb comparison to begin with.
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It is stupid.
But you appear to my unschooled eye to be correct. I know almost nothing about thoroughbreds, but a look at this chart would indicate that some inquiries needed to be made.


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 Post subject: Re: Say what?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2003 3:31 pm 
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Secretariat was a great, great runner indeed, but was considered pretty much a flop at stud.<p>Thus, the reporter made a stupid comparison even more stupid by not checking the facts.


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