September 12, 1940

On September 12, 1940, Marcel Ravidat, an 18-year-old apprentice garage mechanic took his dog, Robot, for a walk in the hills near his home in Montignac. Montignac is in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. While in the hills, Robot, Ravidat’s dog found a hole created by a fallen tree and explored it. Marcel was able to coax the dog out of the hole and tossed a couple of rocks into it. The sounds of the rocks falling intrigued Marcel, as it seemed to take a long time for them to fall. Being 18, he quickly returned later with some friends and a teacher (almost like one of the adolescent adventure books from the 1950s) and began exploring the cave. To their amazement, they found vivid prehistoric cave paintings that were later estimated to be between 17,000 to 20,000 years old. The very same paintings that became known as the world famous Lascaux cave paintings. Being intelligent, the boys and the teacher knew their discovery was precious and fragile and decided to preserve it instead of adding any graffiti of their own. Thank you, Robot the dog, for being curious about that hole in the ground. Good dog.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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