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    Question dried mammoth =?

    Women can't afford to be so reckless. Mother Nature is for ever whispering in our ears about our children's survival. We always need to make sure we have a stash of dried mammoth at the back of the cave for the lean times.

    That's why a successful society needs the shots to be called by a balance of women and men. So when we womenfolk are in charge of the world, we will, of course, be keeping on a few of the lads to make us smile. Oh, and to fetch that big, heavy thing down off the shelf over the cooker.
    Source: the Daily Mail

    Hi! I have problems to understand the words I highlighted in the above context. Could you please help me out? Thanks!

    1. dried mammoth =?


    2. to fetch that big, heavy thing down off the shelf over the cooker=?

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    Default Re: dried mammoth =?

    (Not a teacher)

    The author is suggesting that life today is as perilous in some ways as it was for our remote ancestors, and that we must keep something in reserve. Just as the ancients kept dried mammoth (mammoth jerky) for use in lean times, so must we maintain reserves (financial, foodstuffs, etc.).

    When women have more say in running the world, says the writer, some men will still be useful, as, for example, in helping to lift heavy objects down off the shelf (no doubt a reference to the mammoth meat).

    I hope this answered your questions.

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    Default Re: dried mammoth =?

    Please, Mr. Forbes, what did you mean by mammoth jerky?

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    Hi Greg Forbes,

    Thank you for your answsers. I've understood. But did ancient Westerners or Britions really eat mammoth if you know?
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 20-Nov-2008 at 23:17. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Greg Forbes,

    Thank you for your answsers. I've understood. But did ancient Westerners or Britions really eat mammoth if you kown?
    Possibly/probably. There were mammoths in this part of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katerina.pata View Post
    Please, Mr. Forbes, what did you mean by mammoth jerky?
    Sun-dried meat strips made from mammoth meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Possibly/probably. There were mammoths in this part of the world.
    Thank you, Anglika.

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    2. to fetch that big, heavy thing down off the shelf over the cooker.

    I think, this sentence is in continuation of the first one, which says that women would keep some lads for the purpose of progeny. And they may be useful for some petty jobs like lifting heavy objects. Rest, the women would be controlling the whole affairs.
    This is more to women's lib, a hit back on M.C.P. You may treat this as sarcasm and satire.

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    Default Re: dried mammoth =?

    Thank you for your input, SUDHKAMP. I am clear about my questions.

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    Default Re: dried mammoth =?

    Anglika, thank you for the explanation.

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