I was mind-boggled to read about a recently retired racing pigeon.
A champion pigeon has been sold for a record €1.25m ($1.42m; £1.07m).
Auction house Pipa called Armando the "best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time". He's also been dubbed the "Lewis Hamilton of pigeons".
Before this sale, the record was €376,000 (£321,800). However, Pipa says this was beaten within a day of Armando being put up for bids.
The champ, who turns five this year, is now enjoying his retirement and has already fathered a number of chicks.
There's more at the link.
$1.42 million for something that I'm used to thinking of as the source of splatters on my car's paintwork and windshield? Verily, the mind doth boggle . . .
I hope they keep him safely in Belgium, or somewhere similar. When dove season opens up in the South, parts of this state sound rather like they're filled with entire batteries of anti-aircraft artillery, going off for hours every day. I suspect Pipa might become the filling in the world's most expensive pigeon pie!
Oh, well. In Pipa's honor, what else can I do but play this?