Going by the quality of comments posted lately on the fine SI blog, we’re greatly concerned over what seems to be the diminishing intellect and general knowledge of our readers.
Now, that has left us inconsolably depressed because the quality of comments is in a way a reflection on the blog, at least to outsiders.
So, in an effort to boost the collective IQ and general knowledge of our commenters we shall be providing on a frequent basis various useful information to y’all concerning Mera Bharat Mahaan.
Here’s one such valuable tidbit that you’re sure to find greatly useful as you navigate the turbulence that’s the hallmark of of life in India. By the way, that’s tidbit not titbit. Comprende?
Snakes & Wild Beasts
In 1906, a total of 24,034 persons were killed by snake bites or wild beasts in India.
Here are the precious details:
* 21,880 persons were killed by snake bites
* 796 were mauled to death or eaten by tigers
* 399 were finished by leopards
* 959 were accounted for by other animals whose identities are unfortunately lost
Humans were not the only victims of snakes and wild beasts in the early years of 20th century India.
You see, in the same period, i.e. in 1906 snakes and wild beasts killed 98,582 cattle.
Of course, Indians wouldn’t be Indians without extracting their revenge.
So, here’s the retribution statistics for 1906:
* 65,146 snakes were killed
*16,121 wild animals were finished
A total reward of $37,000 was paid to the killers of the above snakes and wild animals.
We hope all you schmucks are infinitely wiser than you were just a few minutes ago, before you read this priceless SI blog post. 😉
Source: East of Suez – Ceylon, India, China and Japan by Frederic Courtland Penfield, Former American Diplomatic Agent and Consul-General to Egypt, P.230-231 iPad version of book ‘purchased’ on Apple iBooks. Originally Published by the The Century Co, New York, 1907