Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Kevin Keith (
21 Sep 1996 23:11:52 -0400

Reposting article removed by rogue canceller.

In <51pdrq$> (Ian A. York) writes:

I have no idea what any of this is about - which makes is perfect for
undisciplined maundering, something of a specialty with me.

>>>but me? I mean, why stick spurs on something's head? Just for fun? If
>>>so, why just castrated cocks - why not the standard variety? Anyone seen
>>Cockfighting. Cocks fight each other, and you bet on the winner.
>>It's done to give advantage in a cockfight.

>Are you serious? If so, can you give me some references? The problems I
>see with this statement are:
>- usually a castrated animal is less aggressive - why castrate something
> and then use it for fighting?

Usually castrated animals gain more weight that uncastrated ones, on
average - perhaps this is the point.

>- the spurs are taken OFF the same cocks. That means they will lack the
> leg spurs when they gain the head spurs.

Fighting cocks do not fight with their actual leg spurs - they are fitted
with razor-sharp steel spurs that strap onto their legs where the real
spurs would be.

>- head spurs? I've seen lots of roosters fight (not in tournaments, just
> in our barnyard, for dominance [with the other roosters, not with me,
> silly]) and I've never seen a rooster try to head-butt. And you ain't
> gonna train them to do it.

But they often get injured in the head in fighting - perhaps having some
armament up there would be an advantage.

>Has anyone got any ideas that aren't guesses?

I'm not sure I see your point here.

Kevin "no, as a matter of fact" T. Keith

Kevin T. Keith

The Newest Yorker.