Starting a new occasional series …
Why: It was mentioned in today’s Pickles comic strip, and I wanted to see if the whole “eat a cow in a few seconds” thing was a myth.
What I learned: They generally don’t attack humans, but that doesn’t make me feel better about the occasional appearance in the Potomac. Also, there’s a species that apparently doesn’t eat meat but has colonies of worms in its stomach. But nothing about the cow.
Why: I was there over the weekend.
What I learned: The original idea to carve Confederate soldiers roughly coincided with the formation of the “new” Ku Klux Klan at the mountain. That only adds to the irony that a park with a Confederate history theme draws a lot of African-American visitors.
Why: See above.
What I learned: Mostly that the revived group of the 20th century wasn’t as virulently anti-Republican as the post-Civil War effort. Also that the Klan had political influence in Oregon, Indiana, Oklahoma and Anaheim, Calif. Mickey wouldn’t be happy.