This stuff is just fascinating. I almost wish we had them in NY. ALMOST...
I remember as a kid visiting my family in Italy, and there was a large pig in a cinder block pen. Being a 7 year old kid I naturally wanted to feed it, but there was nothing around except dirt and the pen. So I broke off a clump of mortar that was sticking out between the blocks and tossed it into the pen, more just to interact with it than anything else.
And would you believe that the pig actually ATE the piece of cement?? Chomp chomp chomp!! And then looked at me as if to ask "got any more?"
That sure left an impression on me...three decades later it's still fresh in my memory.
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