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Kipling Has a Crocodile

Well Rudyard Kipling now has a crocodile (as well as the exceedingly good cakes).

A newly-discovered species of prehistoric crocodile has been named after the writer Rudyard Kipling.

The 130-million-year-old specimen, now called Goniopholis Kiplingi, was found in Swanage, Dorset, by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site team in 2009...


Well, I'm sure that is very nice for the corpse of Kipling, but I do sort of wonder whether the naming is all to do with thon bit about:


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

Heads.  Losing heads.  Crocodiles.  

Yes, I think I might be able to see a connection there.

Reminds me, weren't there wee tiny beasties (some sort of dung beetle or similar) that got named after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney?

Lucky old Kipling, then:  at least at least he got a croc.
Creeping Jesus

It might be to do with "The elephant's child" which is not about a drunken wean but a baby elephant whose trunk got nabbed by a crocodile.

Lots of spanking in this for those interested in that sort of thing...

Well, I don't know that a drunken wean came into it anywhere - just the evil funniness of losing your head plus crocodiles nearby.

But oh, it's very terrible and not a story that the Sunday Post would want to tell to weans.

Eek.  He does seem to be quite keen on it, this newly-empowered baby Jumbo.

... "Pooh," said the Elephant's Child. "I don't think you people's know anything about spanking; but I do, and I'll show you."

Then he uncurled his trunk and knocked two of his dear brothers head over heels.

"O Bananas!" said they, "Where did you learn that trick, and what have you done to your nose?"

"I got a new one from the Crocodile on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River," said the Elephant's Child. "I asked him what he had for dinner, and he gave me this to keep."

"It looks very ugly," said his hairy uncle, the Baboon.

"It does," said the Elephant's Child. "But it's very useful," and he picked up his hairy uncle, the Baboon, by one hairy leg, and hove him into a hornets' nest.

Then that bad Elephant's Child spanked all his dear families for a long time, till they were very warm and greatly astonished. He pulled out his tall Ostrich aunt's tail-feathers; and he caught his tall uncle, the Giraffe, by the hind-leg, and dragged him through a thorn-bush...

Holy shit - was this an early version of the Bullingdon Club or something?  Not bullying behaviour, but just good healthy rumbustious fun?    

Mind you, I could think quite highly of thumping some families.

Celyn wrote:
         ...........but just good healthy rumbustious fun?    

Bugger that!

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