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Woman Bites Dog

All the Folklore Fit to Print


October 15, 1997
When a dog bites a man, that is not news, but when a man bites a dog, that is news.
-- Charles Anderson Dana, 1882

Woman bites dog

Dagmar Vidivic didn't take it lying down when a pit bull attacked her toy poodle outside her residence in Zagreb, Croatia. She leapt to the rescue. From a second-story window.

Undeterred by a broken ankle, Vidivic lunged for the pit bull, which by that time had the poodle clamped firmly in its jaws, and poked the attack dog in the eye.

Nota bene: Pit bulls don't typically care if you poke them in the eye.

Despite her best efforts to pummel it into submission, the pit bull would not relent, so, in desperation, Vidivic sank her teeth into the attack dog's throat. Stunned, the pit bull opened its jaws and the poodle scurried to safety.

"Both poodle and owner are doing well," reported the Associated Press in the aftermath of the incident.

There was no word on the condition of the pit bull.

Update: Women Bite Dogs

(Source: Associated Press)

Bovine revisionism

Mrs. O'Leary's cow got a bum rap, a committee of the Chicago City Council announced earlier this month. The committee recommended adopting a resolution to exhonerate the famous critter of all culpability in the most destructive fire in Chicago's history.

Legend has long had it that the cow kicked over a lantern while being milked by O'Leary, thus igniting the conflagration.

The committee's action resulted from the work of an amateur historian who has devoted a disconcerting proportion of his spare time to clearing the cow's reputation. After two years' research, attorney Richard Bales concluded that Mrs. O'Leary was asleep in her bed when the fire broke out. He thinks the real culprit was probably the neighbor who first reported the fire, Daniel "Pegleg" Sullivan, who apparently framed Mrs. O'Leary's hapless heifer.

One unfortunate outcome of the new finding is that the name "Pegleg" is bound to lose its luster for everyday Chicagoans, who, I predict, will shrink from christening their children thus for many, many years to come.

(Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer and Reuters)

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