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Tycho Brahe et son Elan

Elk herd at Hardware Ranch

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Wikipedia nous permet parfois un petit sourire innatendu. Voici un extrait de la page sur Tycho Brahé, remarqué par Boing Boing :

He kept a dwarf named Jepp (whom Tycho believed to be clairvoyant) as a court jester who sat under the table during dinner. Pierre Gassendi wrote that Tycho also had a tame elk (moose) and that his mentor the Landgrave Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Cassel) asked whether there was an animal faster than a deer. Tycho replied, writing that there was none, but he could send his tame elk. When Wilhelm replied he would accept one in exchange for a horse, Tycho replied with the sad news that the elk had just died on a visit to entertain a nobleman at Landskrona.

Apparently during dinner the elk had drunk a lot of beer, fallen down the stairs, and died.

Via : Tycho Brahe’s dwarf and elk – Boing Boing.

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