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Here’s the beef…

London’s Daily Mail reports on “Chilli,” Britain’s largest (“big as a small elephant”) cow.

The owners have been in contact with the Guiness Book of Records.

As we marvel at the vagaries of nature, we might tip the birthday beret to Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville, born on this date in 1805.  After a trip to the U.S. to study its penal system, de Tocqueville, whose observations had, happily, ranged much more broadly, published De la Démocratie en Amérique (Democracy in America), a pioneering work of (the not-yet-named field) sociology and still powerfully relevant to those of us concerned to understand the United States.

Alexis de Tocqueville

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July 29, 2008 at 1:01 am

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