January 22, 2006

Currency – Vodka

The BBC Russia website reported of a little tiger saved from the hunters at the price of four bottles of vodka and 160 roubles ($5,5 or £3,2). It was a very young tiger, exhausted and hungry. The hunters gave a call to the local zoo-o-logist, demanding ransom for the poor animal. The zoo-o-logist figured the hunters were drunk and would probably accept vodka above all. Thus the deal was made and the tiger was rescued.

At the temperature of -30 degrees Celsius, Russian homeless people still refuse to attend shelters for the homeless, because admitting to the place means giving up the vodka. A bottle or two of the holy drink makes them feel warm, although scientists insist that alcohol really lowers the body temperature. But they wouldn't care about science, they only care about what they feel, and what they feel is the warm, slightly dizzy and happy feeling in their stomachs. They say they dont want to give up their freedom: wed rather die, but proud and free! loudly announced the few.

The whole hearted faith in the power of vodka inspired the Russian zoo keepers to keep their freezing Indian elephants warm with buckets of vodka. Via drinking, of course. There were no further reports about the animals. Nor the zoo keepers.


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  1. Now if only the Russians could grow oranges, they would realise how terrible Vodka tasted!

    22 Jan 2006, 17:18

  2. The whole hearted faith in the power of vodka inspired the Russian zoo keepers to keep their freezing Indian elephants warm with buckets of vodka. Via drinking, of course. There were no further reports about the animals. Nor the zoo keepers.

    Aha, if only you were still in university, you could look pressing articles such as this up on LexisNexis.

    According to the telegraph the elephant was a circus animal.

    Good quote from the Guardian, too:

    "In Russia people seem to look on vodka as some kind of magic potion," said Andrew McNeill, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. He said the warm glow from a nip of strong liquor is an illusion. The alcohol dilates blood vessels near the skin, causing us to lose core body heat, but feel warmer. Drunkenness followed by hypothermia is a leading cause of death in Russia, he said.

    To you more personally, be careful + wrap up warm if you're going outside!

    22 Jan 2006, 22:44


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