Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 21 16:01:02 UTC 2012

On Nov 21, 2012, at 10:46 AM, George Thompson wrote:

> From an article in the sports pages of today's (Wednesday's) NYTimes, about
> a fat guy who has participated in and finished several very long distance
> and multi-day endurance races, including a 150 mile race over the Sahara
> desert.
> "While on the trail in the Sahara, Pitkanen subsisted on a diet of lard and
> foxtail."
> If "foxtail" means what I suppose it means, then this raises the question
> -- begs the question, in fact -- who ate the rest of the fox?  If it
> doesn't, then what the hell does it mean?


"Although this edible plant is annoying and stubborn, it actually provides food in other country [sic] and can be on your next menu."

Foxtail and lard: it's what's on the menu!

> I refer this to our culinary savant, VS.
> --
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.
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