Stumpy troll -
just so you can sleep at night - The ducks and geese already have 'waterproof' and 'warm' footgear. The reason people like to make feather beds, sleeping bags and coats out of duck and goose down is because it is very insulating and warm! A bird's heart beats way, way faster than ours and their body temperature is much,much higher - the Ducks, geese, and other birds will pull one foot up into their warm feathers to warm it up and stand on one foot - then they will switch. Watch a bunch of ducks or geese sometime on an icy winter pond - even sparrows on tree limbs.... they all do that.
There are some benefits to growing up working the
'nature hut' at summer camp and having a kid who is crazy about nature and animals - if they ever put that kind of stuff in Trivial Pursuit I'd win hands down....
I would guess that the reason they 'walked' the birds to market was because they clipped their wings so that they wouldn't fly away... of course, that meant they had to walk, or be carried, and most peasants didn't have that kind of transportation, and the ducks feet couldn't handle that kind of walking. so they made 'shoes' for the ducks. I'm sure the 'gravel and Tar' picked up alot of dirt on the way, too.
As for the potato famine - i also wondered about that - why didn't they grow something else more resistant to potato fungus, or whatever rotted the spuds? why not some above-ground food source? plus, they had livestock and fish, as you mentioned.
your 'magic Bullet' sounds like alot of the appliances my mother likes to get - that after awhile, end up in my basement for our next garage sale.... wouldn't a blender work just as well? that green mixture sounds absolutely disgusting! ( sorry if you are offended, but it DOES!)
My mom, ever on the lookout for new products to try and entice my son to get proper nutrition (when SHE's the one who buys him McDonalds 3-4 times a week!) found these vegi- vitimins in gummy bear form for him to take 3 X's a day. NOT! She bought a huge 3 month supply and he wouldn't touch them.
Next she decided to try fruit instead of veggies - he got on a kick of eating those little canned mandarin oranges. We went crazy keeping enough in the house - then she bought him a whole case - and he got tired of them.
why does she persist in doing this?
When my dog ( a golden retreiver) was overweight a few years ago, someone suggested supplimenting his dry food with GREEN BEANS as 'filler' - fresh or canned, just not salted. ( 'The dog eats WAY better than we do!) OK - so I get fresh green beans cheap at closing time from the local farmstand in summer, and coffee can sized cans from Sam's Club out of season. The beans went fast - why? because my SON was eating them uncooked, right from the can/refrigerator ! He just doesn't like them cooked! Go figure! (and the dog didn't loose weight, because the kid always shares his McDonalds with the dog....)
I don't have critter in my head - two - a dog and a cat, and assorted fish are enough in my house. There wouldn't be any room in my head, anyway, because MY head is filled up with people having involved discussions and arguments on why I should've done this or what I should've said to that person or all the things I'd like to pound into my ex-husbands, kids teachers, bosses, or various other troublesome people's heads. (I get very passionate and eloquent in my head, it just never seems to come out that way in real life) I also build complicated and creative solutions to all kinds of problems (but have forgotten them by morning).
that is, i think about these things until my cat jumps on my bed in the middle of the night and bites my hand - because HE wants to play and HE thinks that is fun. Until recently, I have been strictly a 'dog person' and he doesn't understand that I DON'T think being woken up by having my head grabbed with all four paws or my hand bitten is 'fun'! - especially when I am in the middle of one of these meditative 'conversations'!
I suppose that is the main disadvantage to flesh and blood animals to talk to, vs those in your head..... I'm guessing the one in your head doesn't bite you awake?