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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    My TV started talking to me in a squeeky alien language this morning!
    I would turn that thing off and tell whoever is responsible that they don't have your permission for anything! How creepy NAP.
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    yeah, it was weird...never seen nor heard anything like it before...

    I tried to listen very carefully to see if I could pick up anything but anything I thought I might have heard would be total speculation really...
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    This is not about electronics. There have been a couple of days recently where hundreds of crows have been passing through and staying around. They like the dogwood berries and the tall trees. They do a lot of talking to each other. I recently heard that a group name for crows and ravens is a 'storytelling'. They seem to do that at times.

    The weird thing was I kept thinking I heard human voices, but it was only the crows around.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    This is not about electronics. There have been a couple of days recently where hundreds of crows have been passing through and staying around. They like the dogwood berries and the tall trees. They do a lot of talking to each other. I recently heard that a group name for crows and ravens is a 'storytelling'. They seem to do that at times.

    The weird thing was I kept thinking I heard human voices, but it was only the crows around.
    The proper name for a group of crows is a ‘murder of crows,’ be they discussing Edgar Allen Poe or not.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dumpster Diver View Post
    The proper name for a group of crows is a ‘murder of crows,’ be they discussing Edgar Allen Poe or not.
    Once upon a midnight dreary as I pondered weak and weary...

    I think that was the only poem I ever liked...
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    I've heard the "storytelling" name before but can't find any other reference. Crows are a 'murder' or a 'horde' or a 'muster' or a 'cauldron' or a 'congress', Ravens are an 'unkindness' (also horde, cauldron, congress).

    The closest I can find to 'storytelling' are:

    squabble of gulls

    scold of jays

    exaltation of larks

    cry of loons

    clamour of rooks

    quarrel of sparrows

    lamentation of swans

    chattering of starlings


    Edit: I found a reference to a book on hawking and heraldry from 1486 called The Book of St. Albans. In this book one can find the name 'storytelling'.
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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    Once upon a midnight dreary as I pondered weak and weary...

    I think that was the only poem I ever liked...

    Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

    Sparkles from The Wheel

    WHERE the city’s ceaseless crowd moves on, the live-long day,
    Withdrawn, I join a group of children watching—I pause aside with them.

    By the curb, toward the edge of the flagging,
    A knife-grinder works at his wheel, sharpening a great knife;
    Bending over, he carefully holds it to the stone—by foot and knee,
    With measur’d tread, he turns rapidly—As he presses with light but firm hand,
    Forth issue, then, in copious golden jets,
    Sparkles from the wheel.


    The scene, and all its belongings—how they seize and affect me!
    The sad, sharp-chinn’d old man, with worn clothes, and broad shoulder-band of leather;
    Myself, effusing and fluid—a phantom curiously floating—now here absorb’d and arrested;

    The group, an unminded point, set in a vast surrounding;
    The attentive, quiet children—the loud, proud, restive base of the streets;
    The low, hoarse purr of the whirling stone—the light-press’d blade,
    Diffusing, dropping, sideways-darting, in tiny showers of gold,
    Sparkles from the wheel.
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    I really think I got zapped this morning. I've had a splitting migraine all day...that is unusual.
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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    I really think I got zapped this morning. I've had a splitting migraine all day...that is unusual.
    Mercury is retrograde until the 22nd.
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    "If life gives you melons...you might be dyslexic" ~ Aixelsyd Dnarber

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    Interesting, that could do it...
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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    I really think I got zapped this morning. I've had a splitting migraine all day...that is unusual.
    Must be the Russians.
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    Damn Russians...no, not this time...I thinks it was 'them' checking on their implants...
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    I'm Jonesin' for this Alabama election to be called.

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    I think this horse ride is a symbolic representation of how things have gotten out of control for both Moore and his party.

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    Alabama: either result is bad for the GOP.

    ...maybe the Trumpster Fire really is playing 4D chess?
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