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Why: Eric said he wants a tattoo of the "Maltese cross," which is a symbol of firefighters (but not really; see below). Maltese = Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Dalmatians (fire) come from Dalmatia, which is a region in Croatia. Why all the Europe?
Answer: Dalmatians have been working with firefighting crews since the fire department used horses. They were bred:
- For endurance and stamina! While not particularly fast, they can run for long periods without rest.
- To escort horse-drawn fire engines to the scene of the fire!
- To prevent stray dogs from interfering!
- To protect the horses, with whom they formed tight bonds!
- To protect the contents of the coach from highwaymen!
- They could see through smoke!
- They liked the color red!
- They were fireproof!
Source: Firefighting History
The More You Know: According to Wikipedia, this is a Maltese cross or Amalfi cross, with 8 points at the ends of 4 Vs. It was a symbol associated with an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights of Malta, and is now one of the national symbols of Malta. Saint Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters (and of chimney sweeps and of Poland). His cross looks like this or this:
feast day is May 4th, by the way, which is today. Let's go into Tosche Station and pick up some power converters.)