24 June 2008

Favorite Wikipedia Article of the Week

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Photo by Alex Rettelschneck from the EPA's Earth Day 2008 photo contest.


Anonymous said...

Brilliant. The picture, however, is of an American bison. "Buffalo" rightly refers to the Cape Buffalo of southern and eastern Africa.

Assuming that the Buffalo zoo has African bison, the sentence can still be true.

This is what comes of too many drawing days at the Natural History Museum.

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious! After reading your post, I was curious about the difference between buffalo and bison and learned that the animal you have pictured is actually a bison. :) Apparently, both terms are used pretty much interchangeably in the US, but strictly speaking, to call a "bison" a "buffalo" (or vice versa) is incorrect.

J. L. Bell said...

Yes, that's an American bison in the photo, but since the posting was about "Buffalo buffalo" I thought it was the most appropriate choice. Unless, of course, the Buffalo zoo has a supply of African buffalo (that buffalo other buffalo).