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    Donner Party Ate Family Dog, Maybe Not People
    Did ethnic prejudice spur the now infamous legend of the Donner Party's cannibalism?
    By Jennifer Viegas | Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:01 PM ET

    THE GIST:

    * Analysis of bones discovered at the Donner Party campsite found no evidence for cannibalism.
    * The members did resort to consuming the family dog, cattle, deer and horses.
    * Slate pieces and china shards reveal the members tried to live with dignity.

    The Donner Party, a group of 19th century American pioneers who became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada and supposedly resorted to cannibalism, may not have eaten each other after all, suggests a new study on bones found at the Donner's Alder Creek campsite hearth in California.

    Detailed analysis of the bones instead found that the 84 Donner Party members consumed a family dog, "Uno," along with cattle, deer and horses. Cattle, likely eaten after the animals themselves died of starvation, appear to have been their mainstay.
    Full article here.
    "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

  • #2
    Don't ruin a good story with the truth! I grew up on stories about the Donner Party.

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    • #3
      At least we still have Alferd Packer.

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      • #4
        Who? I never heard of him.

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        • #5
          Patron Saint of the Republican Party!

          Originally posted by Cicero View Post
          At least we still have Alferd Packer.
          Heather,

          Young Republicans like to name cafeterias after him. One of the few murderers in Western history that got murder convictions overturned because the judge was prejudiced!

          Pruitt
          Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

          Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

          by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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          • #6
            Good to know Pruitt. Its off to Wiki now to see what's up!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
              Heather,

              Young Republicans like to name cafeterias after him. One of the few murderers in Western history that got murder convictions overturned because the judge was prejudiced!

              Pruitt
              THAT'S NOT Why they name cafeterias after him!!
              (find out why they name cafeterias after him, and it's pretty funny)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Biscuit View Post
                Good to know Pruitt. Its off to Wiki now to see what's up!
                Go rent Cannibal: The Musical
                but I caution you that, like the food 'round here, it's an acquired taste.

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