Today I learned about Jimmy the Crow who appeared in over 1,000 features from the β€˜30s through the β€˜50s. He was trained in an assortment of tricks, such as typing, opening letters, and even riding a tiny motorcycle. Jimmy Stewart said he was the β€œsmartest actor” on the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_…
Crows and Owls hate each other. On their own Great Horned Owls will behead and eat Crows. But if caught unaware a Crow will serveil and call for reinforcements. Then the Murder of Crows will Mob the Owl and give chase. If the Murder grows into the dozens or so they can even kill the Owl. goodmorninggloucester.com…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
Members of the crow family (crows, Jays, Ravens, etc) can conceive of 'fair' and 'unfair' treatment and can hold grudges against specific humans for years at a time. They also hold funerals for their dead. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of the legend of Sacrifice Rock, Montana. According to the legend two native Crow teenagers, driven to despair by the death of everyone in their village to smallpox, blindfolded their horses and commited suicide by riding them off of a steep rimrock cliff. ancestralfindings.com/ame…
The lyrics for Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
The plague doctor masks are not a crow face. They have that shape to store a container with herbs, the smell of it was supposed to fend off evil spirits nationalgeographic.com/hi…
The first sequel to "The Crow" was supposed to be 160 minutes long. But the producers thought that was too long and they cut it down to 84 minutes (including the credits). 18cinemalane.com/2020/05/…
A producer on Family Ties felt Michael J. Fox was too short for the role and tried to have him replaced saying β€œthis isn’t the face you'll see on a lunch-box." Fox later gave him a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Some crows in Japan are known to drop walnuts on pedestrian crosswalks, wait for cars to crack the nuts by running them over, and then wait until the next light to safely eat the cracked nuts. bbc.com/earth/storyoflife…
In the Counting Crows song "Murder of One," the part about counting crows is actually a traditional nursery rhyme about counting magpies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The song "Wagon Wheel", best known by Old Crow Medicine Show was co-written by Bob Dylan. The song was just a chorus on a bootleg, and OCMC added verses 25 years later. Bob Dylan loved it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
A Dutch start-up company have been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for peanut as a reward. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Crows are into β€œanting,” either rubbing ants on their feathers or sitting on an anthill and letting themselves be covered in ants. It’s not fully understood why, but there are some theories. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Nazis' anti-Jewish Nuremburg Laws were somewhat influenced by the American South's Jim Crow laws. press.princeton.edu/books…
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was an all-female, multiracial band that toured in the Jim Crow South in the 1930s and ’40s, breaking both gender and racial barriers, with white bandmates wearing blackface to avoid charges of race-mixing. npr.org/2011/03/22/134766…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
Ornithologists often use Cheetos to study behaviour in crows. Along with being easy to spot, they’re also one of the birds’ favourite snacks. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Crows can hold grudges against humans that they had bad experiences with and they can pass this grudge to their young crows other crows not present at the time of those experiences. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Crows can learn to make and use tools by observing other crows, or even just by seeing a tool. inverse.com/article/46535…
Today I learned about John β€œLiver Eatin’” Johnson, a Mexican-American War veteran turned mountain man, who in 1847 started a personal vendetta against the Crow Nation after they killed his Flathead wife, he is said to have killed and scalped more than 300 Crows and then ate their livers as a sign of disrespect latimes.com/archives/la-x…
There is a Village in Japan whose population decreased from 300 to mere 27 due to depopulation and the locals started using scare-crows to substitute the people who had left or died. These scare-crows are placed everywhere (at bus stops, schools etc.). Today this village has 400 scare-crows en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag…
Crows have been found to place nuts on the road so their tough shells can be broken open by passing vehicles. They even know to wait for the red light of traffic signals to retrieve the nuts. scienceabc.com/nature/ani…
Crows will sometimes *actively hunt* rabbits and have even been noted as chasing the bunnies off of fields and onto the road, where the rabbits are hit by cars and subsequently eaten by the birds! animals.mom.me/birds-eat-…
Brandon Lee was killed during the production of the movie The Crow. Several years later stuntman Marc Akerstream was killed during the production of a TV show based on the movie. variety.com/1998/tv/news/…
Today I learned of Joseph Medicine Crow who earned the title "Chief" by completing the four coups of leading a war party, touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, and stealing an enemy's horse - all against the Nazis in WWII. military.com/army-birthda…
In 1911, a "witchcat" appeared near Pottsville PA. It caused hens to crow like rooster and pigs to bark like dogs. Thomas Howell, the man who saw it, died along with eight cows and horses, the deaths attributed to a hex. The family crafted a golden bullet to shoot the cat and break the hex. schuylkillhavenhistory.co…
The Chinese equivalent of "when pigs fly" is "when the sun rises in the West." Other variants include "when the crayfish whistles" (Russian), "when the crow turns white" (Tagalog), "when the fish climbs the poplar" (Turkish), and "when it snows red snowflakes" (Hungarian). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sears used to sell houses during the Jim Crow era, and since they were sold through magazines, no one could deny selling the houses to blacks because of anonymity. nytimes.com/2018/10/20/op…
Japan had issues with crow nests on electric infrastructure, so they went and destroyed all of the nests....which prompted the local crow population to just build MORE nests, far in excess to what they actually needed nytimes.com/2008/05/07/wo…
Jim Crow was not a real person, but a character played by a white actor performing minstrel routines. history.com/news/was-jim-…
Canuck the Crow, the infamous bird who stole a knife from a crime scene and became a local legend for his fearless interactions with the citizens of Vancouver (occasionally stealing whatever they were holding, even on public transportation) was a regular at the gym, where he would go take a nap. audubon.org/news/the-misa…
Today I learned about Helen Jones Woods, a trombonist with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female multi-racial band that toured the south in the era of Jim Crow. After retiring from music, she served as a nurse for 23 years and was inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame in 2007. thehistorymakers.org/biog…
Birds in general and crows (because they’re black to us) have something called Ultraviolet Vision that makes them colorful to each other nwf.org/Magazines/Nationa…
When roosters open their beaks fully, their external auditory canals completely closed off. Basically, roosters have built in earplugs. This helps prevent them from damaging their hearing when they crow. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Crows are one of the smartest non-primate animals on earth, with the intelligence of a 7-year-old human. They use and manipulate tools, they have long-term memory including facial recognition, and they understand analogy. journals.plos.org/plosone…
Crows and ravens can mimic human languages youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
Some crows have evolved the ability to drop hard-shelled nuts onto roads and wait for cars to crack them open. Some have even figured out that dropping them onto pedestrian crossings can give them the safety of retrieving the nut without getting run over. youtube.com/watch?v=NenEd…
Crows hold β€˜funerals’ and will avoid an area or thing that is deemed dangerous to their own species. In other words, they know what death is and know to fear it. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The song "The First Cut is the Deepest," covered by Sheryl Crow (#1 Billboard Adult Top 40) and Rod Stewart (#1 UK Singles Chart), was actually written in 1965 by Cat Stevens. He sold the song for Β£30. youtube.com/watch?v=aBccr…
The Kremlin has a division of trained hawks that defend the building from crows. At first, keepers tried to use pre-recorded shrieks, but crows got used to them, so falcons-later hawks, were used. They are easier and cheaper to train. There’s also an eagle-owl that hunts at night. rbth.com/lifestyle/327146…
Crows have the ability to remember human faces and if they don’t like you they won’t forget you either. The children of the crows would later carry on the same grudge. cbc.ca/news/technology/cr…
Scottish Musician Les Harvey of the band Stone the Crows was electrocuted in front of a live audience in 1972 when he touched an un-grounded microphone cable and his guitar at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
The Kosovo Long Crower Rooster can crow for (an excruciatingly long) 30 seconds straight. youtu.be/bB8ug5NHZm8
A startup company is teaching crows to clean up cigarette butts for peanuts. digitaltrends.com/cool-te…
During the Jim Crow era in the U.S., the turban was used by people of color for "confounding the color lines"β€”in other words, if you could pass yourself off as something other than black, you might circumvent some amount of discrimination. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
During WW2 Joe Medicine Crow, a native American, completed all four feats required to be a war chief: touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, leading a war party and stealing 50 horses from the SS, singing a Crow honour song as he rode away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Crows engage in necophelia and scientists aren't sure why audubon.org/news/think-cr…
Crows in urban Japan and the United States have innovated a technique to crack hard-shelled nuts by dropping them onto crosswalks and letting them be run over and cracked by cars. Then they retrieve the cracked nuts when the cars are stopped at the red light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…

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