Colby Cosh, who apparently forgot to provide an anchor, links to a Reuters story about Australian campaign to find a new name for kangaroo meat. Apparently they think it’s the name that deters people from eating the stuff. Time for a brainstorm?
Hmmm . . . . Australia was founded by or for British criminals. Given the proverbial thievishness of the Welsh (“Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief”) and the name of New South Wales, many of them were presumably Welsh. Kangaroos are herbivorous creatures known for their jumping. They’re also overabundant in Australia, which suggests that they spend way a fair amount of their time reproducing. I’ve got it! How about “Welsh rabbit”? Too bad that name’s already taken. Back to the drawing board . . . . Oz Rabbit? Pouch Rabbit? Ozzy Bunny? Big Bunny? Superbunny? (According to the Wall Street Journal, a restaurant in Shanghai that specializes in rat dishes calls itself “Super Deer”.) Something along those lines might do. Then again, perhaps they should just appeal to the macho element of the population and imply that only real men eat kangaroo.
By the way, the contest is apparently only open to chefs and restaurant employees, and closes on November 31st, which looks like a fancy way of saying never. If any such person wants to use any of these names, he is welcome to do so, as long as I get 10% of the prize.
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