The intrigue surrounding Marat Safin's "hippo story" continues. Mariya of New York writes: "It was actually a loose retelling of a Russian fable. I believe it was written by Ivan Krylov, who was a 19th century Russian writer who mostly penned fables, writing many famous ones. As I recall from reading the press-conference transcript, Safin didn't claim to make the story up -- he asked the journalist whether he knew it. It's a relatively famous one in Russia. So, he stole it, but definitely not from Along Came Polly.