P.T. Barnum's elephant, Jumbo, was killed while crossing rail tracks; it was later stuffed and displayed (1885)
POLITICAL DONKEYS & ELEPHANTS
The Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant probably date to the congressional elections of 1874 and the work of German-born artist Thomas Nast--the father of U.S. caricature and cartoon (although some say that in the 1820s, Andrew Jackson was portrayed by cartoonists as a jackass). It seems that in 1874, the New York Herald ran a hoax about animals escaping the Central Park Zoo and scavenging for food. In a cartoon for Harper's Weekly, Nast combined the Herald's joke with Ulysses S. Grant's bid for reelection, depicting the Herald as a donkey disguised as a lion, trying to scare away a Republican elephant. (In 1877, Nast also depicted a Democratic tiger licking his chops while waiting for a Republican lamb.) Depending on your partisan persuasion, the donkey (an 18th-century euphemism for ass) represents either stubbornness and braying stupidity or cleverness, courage, and likeableness. (In biblical times, donkeys were thought suitable mounts for royalty in peacetime.) The elephant symbolizes either sturdiness, toughness, and a preternatural memory or blundering clumsiness and pachydermal insensitivity. Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats have never formally adopted their animal as a symbol.
Thunder is the voice of God, and, therefore, to be dreaded.
Increase Mather (1639-1723)
Forgot to post this yesterday, but I'm up to 29,553 words on Heart of the Dragon. Hope to hit 35K today, at least.....
Got a call this afternoon out of the blue from the U.S. Census Bureau, who want to hire me once again to do work for them on an eight-week project, which includes five full days of training next week.
I'm certainly not going to complain about something that provides more income. *grin* Did have to postpone a dentist appointment and a lunch, not to mention asking FenCon to get me home sooner (I was originally to fly home Monday morning, but now I have to be back Sunday night), but it's worth it.
Back to work........
Haven't done one of these in a while...
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