The Best Thing I’ve Seen Today: American Hippopotamus

by rferron

“In the early 20th century, two master spies once sworn to kill each other—Frederick Russell Burnham, a.k.a. “the most complete human being who ever lived,” and Fritz Duquesne, a.k.a. the Black Panther—came together with a bold idea for America, backed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan? Import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them. In American Hippopotamus, Jon Mooallem brings to life a historical saga too preposterous to be fiction.” (via This American Life, ep. 518: Except For That One Thing)

It’s gloriously ridiculous and, also, surprisingly logical. Check out the preview of American Hippopotamus.