Man Meat Mondays: October 24th, 2011

It’s Monday, October 24th, and on this day in 1947, Walt Disney testified before the U.S. House Un-American Activities committee to rat out employees he thought to be commies. Nobody likes a snitch, but it’s MAN MEAT MONDAY and who doesn’t like sexy man beef?

Ok. I don’t. I just do this for you. But, anyway …

Today’s Ruff Factoids

It may seem strange, but it really happened.

On this date in 1943, the distinguished service medal was awarded to Chips — a half husky, half shepherd dog, donated to the war effort by his owners in Pleasantville, New York. Chips was part of the 3rd Infantry Division during its landing in Sicily.

His citation notes his “courageous action in singlehandedly eliminating a dangerous machine gun nest and causing surrender of the crew.” Four months later, the medal was rescinded when the War Department issued regulations prohibiting the award of such decorations to animals.

Not all dogs may be so brave, but they are all loved by their owners. Across the U.S. there are 72 million dogs and many households have two.

— Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011 and the U.S. Census Bureau

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