Slow Burn

A pair of tortoises set fire to a home in Fordingbridge, the Salisbury Journal reports. Remember how we all laughed at the Ugandan policeman who shot and killed a fleeing tortoise, after it aggressively and violently chased him? Maybe we owe him an apology.


  1. You never hear about armadillos starting fires.

    1. True, though you do hear about them spreading leprosy.

  2. Would you rather contract leprosy or be burned to death?

  3. Slow and steady burns the house down. A hare would've chosen a modern space heater, resulting in mere scorch marks to a mattress before activation of the auto power-off function. (Aesop fable #562.7)

  4. Very pleased to see you still on the underserved tortoise beat. Since I have been delinquent checking the blog again I owe you another item:

    Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama's daughter Malia.

    His offer to win her hand? Fifty cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats.

    "People might say I am after the family's money, which is not the case. My love is real," he told the Nairobian newspaper.

    Moreover, he adds, he's been faithful to his beloved since he first became aware of her.

    "I got interested in her in 2008," he said. "As a matter of fact, I haven't dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price."

    No date since 2008! Who says Africans can't be persuaded to keep their population in check


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