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Friday, 29 July 2016


A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and female horse. A female donkey and male horse may have a hinny.

An ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk mule try to eat from a fig tree.

According to Muslim folklore, Fadda was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's favorite white mule; he performed some of his miracles while astride it

Mules historically were used by armies to transport supplies, and to pull heavier field guns with wheels over mountainous trails such as in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1879-80).

A mule battery in the Second Anglo-Afghan War 
George Washington is thought to have been the first in America to try raising mules. October 26, 1785 marked the arrival in America of a Spanish donkey, specially requested by George Washington to breed American mules.  The donkey was named Royal Gift and was a present from the Spanish King Carlos III.

National Mule Day in the United States, celebrating everything to do with mules, is celebrated each year on October 26th.

The date of National Mule Day was officially proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on the 200th anniversary of the gift, October 26, 1985.

In his short spell serving in the American Civil War, Mark Twain had a mule called Paintbrush.

America’s military has not won a war since it officially got rid of mules in December 1956.

Although it is extremely unlikely for a mule to become pregnant it is possible. As of October 2002, there had been only 60 documented cases of mules birthing foals since 1527.

A few mare mules have produced offspring when mated with a purebred horse or donkey. Herodotus gives an account of such an event as an ill omen of Xerxes' invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

A male mule is called a john; a female mule is called a molly or mare.

A mule won't sink in quicksand but a donkey will.

The earliest known use of the word mule to mean a drug courier was in 1922.

Muffin The Mule was the first character created for children’s TV. Muffin first appeared on television in an edition of For the Children broadcast by the BBC on October 20, 1946.

Muffin the Mule puppet toy .By Chemical Engineer -Wikipedia
The presenter who played the piano while Muffin danced on it was Annette Mills, who was the sister of actor Sir John Mills.

The US Post office delivers mail to the people of Supai, Arizona by the only way possible, by mule.

Source Daily Express

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