He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was—a woman.
- Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
This week’s Think Tank: Anthropomorphic pirate.
The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a ”Herd of cows”, a “Flock of chickens, a “School of fish” and a “Gaggle of geese”. However, less widely known is: a “Pride of lions, a “Murder of crows” (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an “Exaltation of doves” and, presumably because they look so wise, and a “Congress of owls”. Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not … a “Parliament”. A PARLIAMENT OF BABOONS!
- Author unkown
A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omlette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he tends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar. That’s why it’s such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the weeekend. A very serious thing indeed.