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Feathers worth more than diamonds

For forty years around the turn of the 20th century, ostrich plumes were the height of fashion, and a major industry: at its peak, ostrich feathers were, ounce-for-ounce, nearly as valuable as diamonds, so much so that £20,000 of feathers went down with the Titanic. The market for feathers was, in large part, run by Jews: Sephardi Jews exported feathers, Jews in London and New York traded them, and Eastern European Jews left Russia and Lithuania in the thousands to farm feathers, flocking to Oudtshoorn "The Jerusalem of Africa." In 1914, the boom ended, leaving many destitute and leading to anti-semitic backlashes. A brief but entertaining history of the feather trade can be read in this PDF excerpt. Some of the beautiful "Feather Palaces" of Oudtshoorn still survive, as does a small Jewish community and some vintage fashion.
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 8, 2014 - 10 comments

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Sleepy, sleepy ostriches. According to this PLOS One article, "the amount of REM sleep in ostriches is greater than in any other bird." Here's a simplified article about that study, featuring video of three of the ostriches from that study experiencing [well-labelled] slow-wave and REM sleep. Here's one tired ostrich, succumbing to slumber around 0:50. And here's the cute baby ostrich who just can't stay awake. If this all's making you snoozy, you may need an ostrich pillow.
posted by not_on_display on Dec 5, 2013 - 10 comments

Emu Tango

The Emus and Sexy Sexy Sniper the Ostrich dance the tango against their greatest enemy: The weasel ball.
posted by bobobox on Dec 4, 2013 - 40 comments

Yooooouuuu, yoouuu can dooo anyyyything, you want to

Ostrich beat up monkey, man and hyaena.
posted by codacorolla on Oct 17, 2013 - 34 comments

"I grabbed the wing pits. I leaned back."

What it's like to ride an ostrich. As compared to what it's like to ride a horse.
posted by gusandrews on Feb 18, 2011 - 30 comments

Pictures

Pictures of a guy in a blue shirt. More Inside
posted by dios on Feb 27, 2006 - 61 comments

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