Sunday, December 04, 2005


Here’s one for those of you that can read Spanish: click here.

It’s the head-scratching story of a man who visited a circus near Madrid last week and decided to stick his arm into a tiger’s cage. I’m not sure what this guy was expecting, but what he got shouldn’t have been a surprize. The tiger tore-off his arm and devoured it.

But here’s the thing. In 2003, the same thing happened to *another guy* at *another* circus near Madrid.

Puzzling? Perhaps...but not from the legal perspective. There is, after all, nothing in Spain’s Constitution concerning the right to bear arms.


At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Karl said...

That reminds me of the guy (US-American nonetheless) who got out of his jeep to pose for a picture next to a lion in South Africa's Kruger National Park. I understand he was a little chewed up aferwards.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Guten morgen (sp?) Herr Karl:

Your example is just one more feather in Darwin's cap. People need to understand that it's no coincidence that lions and tigers are rarely seen loading-up their plates at salad bars.

Intelligent Design might be correct, but I see the problem being one of Unintelligent Implementation.


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous BigBadMick said...

Reminds me of that lady who stuck got her arm ripped off by a gorilla a few years ago when she did exactly the same thing... :/

P.S. I use Plucker to download your quite entertaining blog to my Palm Tungsten E2. Very entertaining. Keep up the good work! :)

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Big Bad Mick:

Hey! A new reader (or at least, a new commenter)! Thanks for chiming in, and for providing yet another example that man is not necessarily the smartest critter in the animal kingdom.

Regarding your other point, I've never heard of the service Plucker. But I'm relieved to know that it's an "l"...instead of an "h."

Thanks again for joining our little community.


At 5:01 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Plucker's an offline web page viewer for Palm OS.

Read all about it here:

Definitely the best program I've got for Palm yet.

By the way, I've also got a web-log on Blogger, in which I've added a link to your own.

Cheers Sal!

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous El Irregular said...

Still more stranger. One of them was ucraniano and the other rumanian. Both traveled to Spain to put the arm in the cage of a tiger.

The lovers of the conspiracies have good material here.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger ironporer said...

Intelligent Design might be correct, but I see the problem being one of Unintelligent Implementation

I like your comment on ID that I may have to borrow it from time to time...hope you have not copyrighted it...I'd hate to feel guilty about not paying you all those fees.

As to the armless/brainless ones... I vote that the zoos and curcus' of the world install an opening in the cage large enough to put one's head in.... so society and the human gene pool can free itself of these apparently defective units.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger GC PHILO said...

Wasn't there this thing called the Darwin Awards a few years back, where the nominated the people who had died over the past year in the most idiotic way? Any idea if it's still going on?

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey Iron Man: Sure...feel free to use the ID quote on a royalty-free basis. You'll probably get more mileage out of it in Alabama than I will in Castilla-LaMancha.

Michael: Thanks for the link. I think you're my first Commenter from Northern Ireland. I'll dig into your blog shortly.

El Irregular: Yeah...I had the same thought. There must be a strong (or reckless) sense of machismo in Eastern Europe. Then again, they probably watch the Running of the Bulls and think that we're nuts. Personally, I'd rather face a hundred bulls than one tiger.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey GC:

As long as man roams the earth, the Darwin Awards will continue going strong.

Check it out:


At 10:25 AM, Anonymous lenox said...

There's a story in the press at the moment of this outfit in Badajoz that buys fierce wild critters from the zoos, let's them free on this big farm, then organises hunting safaris for big bucks, no pun intended. Seven bozos were arrested on Tuesday while posing for the souvenir photograph with their feet on the remains of a young tiger they had just managed to blow to bits.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger euro-trac said...

Hello... "bear arms" BRILLIANT!

Thank you! - Funniest thing of the day... so far! :-)

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

hey Sal, got my little package today. Lmao when I saw the package. Kinda like a less sweetened version of peanut m&ms...I like em. Expect a little something from the good ol state of Wisconsin in the next few weeks. Lisa

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey Lisa: I'm amazed that it got there so quickly. I guess Postal security has no peanut-sniffing dogs. Now that you've seen and "appreciated" the packaging, you realize that it's probably a good thing that Pau wasn't carrying a suitcase full through customs. You never know which customs agent might open the bag. ;-)

Hey Euro-Trac: Thanks for stopping in. What can I say, except that it just popped into my head. Inspiration works in mysterious ways...although it usually works better after a glass of wine.

Lenox: I heard about that on the radio. I suppose it's not as cruel as shoving a goat off a belltower, but I somehow can't see Hemingway paying 100€ to shoot a baby tiger in someone's backyard.


At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Jo said...

Sadly, I can't get the first link to come up. Don't know if it's because it's truly "Lost in Space" or my new Mac playing tricks with my own rather limited mental capacity. ANYhow, I'm really enjoying perusing your blog. Been hoping to come across something Spanish for a long time.

As for the "downed arms", well, here in sunny california they shoot the animals for being so ill mannered. ::shrugs:: I'm not always impressed with the human intellect, or in some cases, lack thereof. ::grins wryly::


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