Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Thu Apr 3 07:31:51 CST 2003

At 08:52 PM 4/2/03 -0800, Curtis Clark wrote:
>I have been told by Venezuelans that capybaras are regarded as suitable
>for Lent. I don't know whether they have a dispensation.

I was told the same story in Brazil.  I got the impression we're talking
several hundred years ago, and that maybe the pope wasn't given all the
facts, in an effort to stack the deck in favor of a yes vote ("it's in the
water, Excellency -- you know, like fish!")

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and biogeography
of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

"Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
                                                               -- Anonymous

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