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Sand
01-15-2011, 09:48 AM
From John Ure’s Shooting Leave, a book about subaltern players in the Great Game: yaks in Central Asia roll down snow-covered hills to release the snow so they can eat the grass beneath.

Sheer genius.

Nemonymous
01-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Yaks and Newts, in different ways?

Sand
01-16-2011, 03:48 AM
It may be that only I found this matter of picquant interest. But imagine if you were an explorer say 250 miles south east of Yarkand and you heard the thunder of an approaching avalanche: only to find that it's an avalanche of rolling yaks. Certainly that would present the world to you in a new and startling fashion.

Spotbowserfido2
01-16-2011, 08:50 AM
The urine stream of a yak can extend up to 20 feet. Kudos to the researcher who discovered this fun fact!

DoktorH
01-16-2011, 11:18 AM
From John Ure’s Shooting Leave, a book about subaltern players in the Great Game: yaks in Central Asia roll down snow-covered hills to release the snow so they can eat the grass beneath.

Sheer genius.

How many people get hit setting bowling pins in their path every year? I know I'd want to do that.

waffles
01-16-2011, 11:25 AM
The urine stream of a yak can extend up to 20 feet. Kudos to the researcher who discovered this fun fact!

That beats my record! :(

Sand
01-16-2011, 12:39 PM
Surely the arc of the yak's urine stream is not that remarkable if it is while they are rolling at full tilt down a snowy mountain. I think many of us might manage something close in those circumstances...

Nemonymous
01-16-2011, 01:53 PM
“She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak.”
Woody Allen