On National Hippo Day, Sci-Fi Author Reminds Us Why We Don’t Just Eat All the Hippos

An important U.S. civics lesson: Your voice matters. It’s why Americans don’t eat hippos.

Author and Tor.com contributor Sarah Gailey took to Twitter today on National Hippo Day (*cannot contain excitement that this is a real thing*) to explain to us why the United States almost became a purveyor of fine hippo meats back at the start of the 20th century. Observe how the great national dream goes up in smoke:

Sarah Gailey tweets about hippos

Sarah Gailey tweets about hippos

Sarah Gailey tweets about hippos

Sarah Gailey tweets about hippos

We could have had it all, U.S.A. We could have had hippos. Hippos everywhere.

(Here’s the deal with her upcoming book River of Teeth. It is very hippo-centric.)

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