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The Goose of Honor -- The tip of the Scandinavian peninsula was where Selma Lagerlöf's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils began. This story, translated into every major language, tells of a hero who travels on the back of a wild goose. In reality, however, the web-footed, flat-billed, large-bodied geese of Skåne are tame and never travel far from home. No doubt they regret this on November 10, when Scanians celebrate the almost-sacred bird with a gargantuan dinner -- one enjoyed by everyone but the geese.

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