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Wednesday, 15 April 2015


In medieval Europe many believed barnacle geese hatched from goose-necked barnacles. They were thus considered fish, not birds, and were eaten on Friday when only fish was permitted.

In the middle ages, British churches offered geese to parishioners at a fixed price of sixpence uncooked or seven pence cooked.

Geese were the traditional fare on Christmas Day, especially among the poor. However in the mid 20th century the goose fell down in the pecking order and the turkey became the most popular Christmas bird.

Until the nineteenth century, Christmas geese were walked to London from East Anglia in flocks over 1,000 strong.

The life expectancy of a goose is about 25 years.

History's oldest goose, George, died in Lancashire, England in 1976. He was 49, some 24 years older than the average old goose. George was owned by a Mrs. Florence Hull.

When ‘Grumpy Gertie’, the local goose in the Hertfordshire, England, village of Sandon was found dead, presumed shot, on February 21, 2016, a £275,000 reward was pledged to find the culprit. Tests later revealed Gertie was a gander that had died of natural causes.

Some Chinese police use geese instead of police dogs due to better vision and aggressiveness.

Canada Geese can consume up to 4lbs of grass per day, resulting in about 3lbs of fecal matter daily.

A male goose is called a "gander" and a baby goose is called a "gosling."

The expression “to take a gander”, meaning to have a good look around, is a reference to the long neck of the goose, stretching to get a better look.

A group of geese on the ground is a "gaggle"; a group flying in formation is a "wedge" or a "skein."

Baby Canada Geese are called goslings, They can dive 30-40 feet underwater by the time they are one day old.

Flying in a V formation has been shown to increase the range of geese by over 70 per cent.

Most species of goose are edible, but the African spur-winged goose is toxic to eat. It feeds on poisonous blister beetles and sequesters that poison in its tissues.

"Anatidaephobia" is the fear that somewhere, somehow a goose or duck is constantly watching you.

Source Daily Express

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