Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 11/10/2005 - 15:38
According to this Reuters report, "A runaway ostrich that eluded police caused severe damage when it attacked a Mercedes car during a three-hour rampage." The article goes on to offer an almost fawning appreciation of the speed and power of a full-grown ostrich: "The ostrich is the largest of birds and can weigh at least 400 pounds (182 kilograms). It is also the fastest creature on two legs and can run up to 43 mph (70 km/h)." Can this be the source of the near universal admiration politicians have for ostriches? What politician has not, from time to time, been known to bury his head in the sand? What politician has not lusted after positions where he or she could throw their weight around? What politician has not suffered immensely a virtually existential angst from their inability to react to events with blinding speed? What Mercedes car will not live in mortal terror of ostriches from now on?