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   Undertoad  Monday Nov 8 01:57 PM

11/8/2004: Ostrich jockey



This is an ostrich race in Kenya. The official caption says the ostrich race was part of a celebration of 100 years of horse racing in that African country.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. One part of me wonders whether the birds mind, and if so, how much I'd rather they didn't do it. Another part of me thinks it must be hilarious. And yet another part wonders whether I still have that copy of "Joust" installed.



wolf  Monday Nov 8 02:03 PM

I just bought a new copy of Joust for PS2. I have one for nearly every platform I own. Oh wait. Every platform ... PC, PS1, PS2, N64, Gameboy. Yeah. I didn't just like this game ... This also includes a really bad clone for PC that came out a while before the first Williams Brothers CD-ROM.

You have inspired me. I must play ...

I have two kenyan coworkers.

I'll have to ask about the ostrich thing.

Although, I don't really see the tie in to the anniversary of horseracing, unless it was something along the lines of "Unless the white man showed us that we could ride the horses 100 years ago we would still be pissing off ostriches in this way."



Cyber Wolf  Monday Nov 8 02:04 PM

I'd imagine the ostrich minds as much as a horse does. I understand they're sometimes bred for riding, just like some are bred for being eaten.

And that is hilarious any way you look at it!



Clodfobble  Monday Nov 8 02:29 PM

"Ostrich Jockey" definitely sounds to me like a euphemism for something dirty (though I can't really think of what.)



Elspode  Monday Nov 8 03:32 PM

Every time I look at an ostrich, I think just how extremely stupid I was to have never noticed that birds came directly from dinosaurs...



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 8 07:51 PM

How does he steer that thing.



Eric  Monday Nov 8 09:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
How does he steer that thing.
holding its neck, maybe


capnhowdy  Monday Nov 8 10:07 PM

Going very fast.
Bear in mind my vivid imagination.
Is the animal's inner left leg actually his inner left leg or is John Holmes riding shotgun? Look closely at the image. Please forgive me.........
Is it retouched, or am I an artist?



wolf  Tuesday Nov 9 01:42 AM

All right. I'll admit it. I googled "Ostrich Penis."

It's not as much fun as googling "Whale Penis."

But I did learn a lot about ostriches.



BrianR  Tuesday Nov 9 02:52 PM

All I need to know is that ostriches (and their cousins the emus) are delicious and I can get their meat from a farm in Bucks County. I made friends with the farmer at a farm show some years back.

It's classed as poultry but the meat is red and has the texture of chicken but with the flavor of the most tender filet mignon. Yum!

I'm going to see if I have any left in the freezer...


Brian



Cyber Wolf  Tuesday Nov 9 02:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianR
It's classed as poultry but the meat is red and has the texture of chicken but with the flavor of the most tender filet mignon.
And, I understand, is lean in the same way chicken or turkey is vs. four-footed meat? That sounds quite good. I'd like to try some but I have no idea where I can get some around DCLand.


Happy Monkey  Tuesday Nov 9 03:13 PM

Whole Foods has it. It's packaged in boxes in the unusual meats section. I've had it a few times. It's pretty good, but it leaves a bit of an odd taste in the back of my throat.



dar512  Tuesday Nov 9 04:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
Whole Foods has it. It's packaged in boxes in the unusual meats section. I've had it a few times. It's pretty good, but it leaves a bit of an odd taste in the back of my throat.
HM - You're supposed to take it out of the box before you cook it.


Happy Monkey  Tuesday Nov 9 04:52 PM

It did seem a bit clumpy...



BrianR  Wednesday Nov 10 12:06 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyber Wolf
And, I understand, is lean in the same way chicken or turkey is vs. four-footed meat? That sounds quite good. I'd like to try some but I have no idea where I can get some around DCLand.
Yes, it's THAT lean. Very little fat. I sometimes find it at BJs. Otherwise, I'll share my link to the farm and you can have it delivered next day. Lemme start looking through my intolerably large bookmark file...

Ah...Here we go... Fossil Farms

Here you will also find other types of unusual meats like venison, rattlesnake, elk, yak (!) and alligator.

Should we move this discussion to the Food and Drink forum? They have recipes too!

Brian


wolf  Wednesday Nov 10 01:18 AM

I've had ostrich a couple of times at restaurants, never bothered to get any for home use. It's pretty good. As far as "unusual meats" go, however, I prefer buffalo.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Nov 10 07:43 AM

Also available at Whole Foods. I like to use it for my spaghetti sauce.



Cyber Wolf  Wednesday Nov 10 10:35 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
As far as "unusual meats" go, however, I prefer buffalo.
Ah yes, buffalo is good. Makes a good pulled BBQ sandwich.


OnyxCougar  Thursday Nov 11 11:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Every time I look at an ostrich, I think just how extremely stupid I was to have never noticed that birds came directly from dinosaurs...
Tell me that was sarcastic.....


Beestie  Thursday Nov 11 12:05 PM

I had ostrich carpaccio once. It was delicious. With lingonberry sauce.



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