Bap­tism of Fire

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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.

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