Baptism of Fire
According to this anthropologist, the missing link between humanity and our ancestors might be the barbecue.
The tale of “the most faithful dog in the world” is so soppy it beggars belief.
The pooch supposedly belonged to a nightwatchman for the Edinburgh police. When he died in 1858, Bobby followed the funeral procession into Greyfriars Cemetery and, until his own death 14 years later, hardly budged from his master’s graveside (apart from a short trot every lunchtime to the restaurant where the pair used to eat). A year after Bobby died, a fountain bearing his likeness was erected. That, at least, is the official story, though it’s almost certainly baloney. In 2011, journalist Jan Bondeson decided to do a little Woodward and Bernstein-esque digging, and found evidence the tale was concocted to lure tourists to the restaurant Bobby was said to frequent. According to Bondeson, ‘Bobby’ was just a stray who was coaxed into staying at the cemetery with food, and when he died in 1858, he was replaced for a few years with a lookalike. His statue still stands, though the fountain was turned off when it was revealed that the water – much like Bobby’s tearjerking story – was making people sick.