The Baltimore Ravens (NFL) and their mascot are named for the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name. baltimoreravens.com/team/…
Today I learned about Huginn and Muninn (Old Norse for "thought" and "mind"), a pair of ravens that fly all over the world and bring information to the god Odin. The birds would depart at dawn and return at dinner-time to sit on Odin's shoulders and inform him of events on Midgard (Earth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
Ravens are extremely intelligent birds that can be taught how to copy the human speech a bit. youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
Fieldfare birds defend their young from ravens and other predators, by "dive-bombing" the predators with their poop. The poop glues the raven's feathers together. 2newthings.com/animals-th…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
Ravens can solve puzzles that require a flexible planning ability previously documented only in people and great apes. They learned to pass up a small food reward in favor of a tool they used to get a much better reward and barter with bottle caps, concepts a toddler would struggle to understand cbc.ca/news/canada/north/…
Common ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals. The wolves open the carcass, leaving the scraps more accessible to the birds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Ravens and wolves have formed a mutually beneficial relationship out in the wild. Ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals so that the wolves will then open up the carcass and leave the scraps for the ravens once they're finished. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
The name Bran (e.g. Bran Stark from GoT) means "Raven" in Welsh. "Ravens were revered in the Celtic world as they were thought to be messengers between the mortal world and the world of the spirits or Otherworld." celtsandmyths.mzzhost.com…
Kyle Massey of "That's So Raven" and "Corey in the House" fame was accused of sending sexually explicit materials, including a photo of his penis, to a 13-year old in 2019. people.com/crime/kyle-mas…
There's a legend that if the ravens of the Tower of London ever fly away, England will fall. Therefore, the wings of the ravens are clipped, so that they can't fly very far. Nevertheless, some still escape. historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
A theme park in France employ ravens to clear the park off cigarette butts in return for a reward (bird food). bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Crows and ravens can mimic human languages youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
Today I learned about the Ravens of the Tower of London - initially believed to protect The Crown & Tower. At least 6 captive ravens must be kept all the times and it was broadly based on the old superstition that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall & Britain with it." historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
In 2005 in Hamburg, Germany about 1000 toads exploded. The phenomenon kept scientists busy for weeks until they found out that ravens had removed the liver from the toads during mating so that there was no resistance left when they inflated and they exploded. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There is in fact a Minor Football League and that most teams are named after NFL brands, but just in different locations. i.e Florida Bills, California Titans, Alabama Ravens mflishere.com/
The London Tower uses ravens to β€œprevent disaster” and that these birds are technically military members and can be dishonorably discharged! historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
Because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. These ravens are enlisted soldiers of the Kingdom, and have occasionally been dismissed for bad conduct. While wild ravens live for 10-15 years, Tower ravens can live past 40 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
Ravens can recognize the faces of people who have treated them unfairly and tend to avoid those people for at least a month time.com/4810808/ravens-b…
Michael Oher, who was portraited in the movie "The Blind Side", after get drafted by the Ravens, proceed to win the Super Bowl in 2013, then get a concussion in a game in 2016, remained in NFL concussion protocol for a year, later getting released in 2017 for "failed physical". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Wolf packs might exist because ravens eat so much of their meat. When one wolf kills a moose, 47% is lost to the birds while a pack of six loses only 17%. β€œThe team witnessed a single wolf killing a moose 11 times, which weakened the notion that wolves hunt in packs because of difficulty.” gi.alaska.edu/alaska-scie…
Today I learned about Jimmy the raven, a movie star that appeared in more than 1000 films from the 1930s through the 1950s. He recognised several hundred words, could do many tricks (such tipying and riding a tiny motorcycle) and at one point he was even awarded a Red Cross gold medal for entertaining veterans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Ravens can speak better than parrots, enjoy playing in the snow, make their own toys, and do weird things with ants mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A psycopomp is a being that strictly guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife. They can take the form of various animals such as horses, deer, ravens and owls. Some examples of psycopomps include the Egyptian god Anubis, the Norse valkyries, Irish banshees and even the Grim Reaper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
Ravens, Bees, Ants and Humans are the only animals capable of linguistic displacement- the ability to communicate about objects or events that are distant in space or time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A Hawk named Timber is trained to keep seagulls, crows and ravens away from tourist at a San Diego hotel. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was almost known as "The Parrot" themillions.com/2017/05/m…
When he was a teenager, John Belushi was in a band called The Ravens and they recorded one single before they broke up. youtube.com/watch?v=vJgFn…
Ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals so that they will open the carcass and leave the scraps more accessible to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
There's a full-time position at the Tower of London called the "Ravenmaster" that is the caretaker for the flocks of Ravens that inhabit the grounds there historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a trained opera singer who can sing opera in seven different languages. youtube.com/watch?v=uQB45…
The most Edgar Allen Poe was paid for a single work was $100 for his story 'The Gold Bug'. He earned $9 for his most famous poem 'The Raven' which made him a celebrity. He lamented, "I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my lifeβ€”except in hope, which is by no means bankable" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ravens lead Wolves to prey sometimes, and because of this the wolves will tolerate them as dining partners youtube.com/watch?v=tK0Qu…
Tippi Hedren was traumatized while filming Hitchcock’s The Birds. He told her mechanical birds were to be used during the famous bedroom scene. Instead she endured 5 days of prop men flinging dozens of live gulls, ravens and crows at her. One of the birds gouged her cheek and just missed her eye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip…
I learned that ravens have a significant presence in the mythology and lore of numerous cultures. They are often seen as omens of death, magic, trickery, war, and prophecy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
There is no consistent distinction between Crows and Ravens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
The youngest artist ever signed to a record label is Raven-SymonΓ© who was signed to MCA records at the age 5. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The name "BrΓ’n" in Welsh is usually translated as crow or raven, and there was a mythological king of Britain in Welsh mythology called BrΓ’n the Blessed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%…
The name of a flock of ravens is "an unkindness of ravens" or a "Conspiracy of ravens". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Ravens in captivity can be taught to mimic human speech mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A school in Bromley, England, once held a rock concert featuring some of their young pupils: A band called "The Little Ravens" with 12-year-old Peter Frampton on guitar, and "George And The Dragons" with lead singer David Bowie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
"displacement" is the capability to communicate about things that are not present. The need for using displacement is suspected to be the evolutionary pressure leading to language development in humans. Bees (via dancing), Ants (via scent/movement), and Ravens (unknown) share this ability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The Pied Raven was a white color variation of ravens, it was a popular taxidermy specimen and consequently went extinct mid-20th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
No less than 6 ravens are kept at the Tower of London to protect the kingdom hrp.org.uk/tower-of-londo…
The sole heiress to the $100 million literary estate of Laura Ingalls Wilder (known for the best-selling "Little House on the Prairie" series) is a mysterious "raven-haired Southern beauty" with no known public images and no family connection to Wilder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abi…
A collective of ravens is called an unkindness. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The actress who voices 'Bubbles' from 'The Powerpuff Girls' also plays Timmy Turner/Poof, Ben 10, Raven, Princess Clara/Toot, Dil Pickles, Truffles, plus many more video game characters including Rikku from FFX and Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
In Harry Potter, that the emblematic animal of the house Ravenclaw is an eagle and not a raven. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
The Tower Of London's ravens are enlisted as soldiers of the Kingdom. As in the case with soldiers, the ravens can be dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct. Raven George (Enlisted 1977-1986) lost his appointment to the Crown, and was retired to Wales for attacking and destroying TV aerials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
Ravens sometimes lead wolves to tear open carcasses that are too strong for their peaks. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
The Baltimore Ravens are named after the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, who spent much of his career in Baltimore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned that John Urschel, offensive line guard for the Baltimore Ravens has a BS and Masters in mathematics from Penn State, and just finished his first 4 classes of his PhD program in spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra and machine learning. With straight As. espn.com/blog/baltimore-r…
Today I learned about Jimmy, the raven featured in "It's a Wonderful Life," appeared in more than 1,000 feature films including "The Wizard of Oz." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Augustus once paid a huge sum for a raven trained to say "Greetings to Caesar, our victorious commander." Afterwards a man claiming to have been slighted by his business partner had a raven that said "Greetings to Antony, our victorious commander." Amused, Augustus declared his payment be split. nybooks.com/articles/2007…
The Baltimore Ravens have their name because Edgar Allen Poe is from Baltimore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
A flock of ravens is called an unkindness. en.oxforddictionaries.com…
When Edgar Allen Poe wrote "The Raven", he initially considered making the poem about a parrot. themillions.com/2017/05/m…
Ravens (1) can speak, (2) sound creepy as hell in doing so youtube.com/watch?v=cbO0D…
Crows and Ravens are not the same species- Ravens are larger and travel in pairs, whereas Crows are smaller and travel in larger groups. audubon.org/news/how-tell…
The dad from "That's So Raven", Rondell Sheridan, was extremely glad when he found out Christopher Dorner was dead because they look so much alike, Rondell says he was legitimately scared to go out in public. tmz.com/2013/02/15/christ…
- the owner of the Ravens gets $.70 on every dollar on every piece of food or drink sold at a Ravens game. baltimorechronicle.com/ra…
Ravens sometimes "surf" through the air on pieces of bark youtube.com/watch?v=0fiAo…
The Ravens at the Tower of London are treated as enlisted soldiers and have been discharged in the past for "unsatisfactory conduct" forteantimes.com/features…
The Baltimore Ravens football team get their name from Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story "The Raven." The author spent a significant amount of his life in Baltimore and was buried there after his death. wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltim…
Blue Jays are members of the Corvidae family, meaning they are relatives of crows and ravens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Ravens can mimic human speech youtube.com/watch?v=cbO0D…
A flock of ravens is called an unkindness. npwrc.usgs.gov/about/faqs…
A Raven named Jimmy has starred in over 1,000 films between the 30s and 50s and could understand several hundred words and it took him just 1 week to learn a new word, 2 weeks if it had two syllables. His footprints were enshrined in cement at a large Los Angeles pet store, alongside Lassie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Specific terms for some groups of birds: "Parliament of owls" and "Kettle of hawks" and "Murder of crows" and "Conspiracy of ravens" and "Convocation of eagles." hutchnews.com/special_sec…
Edgar Allen Poe wrote an essay explaining exactly what he meant when writing The Raven eapoe.org/works/essays/ph…
In 2015, Baltimore Ravens OL John Urschel co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics titled β€œA Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector.” He, not surprisingly, has a bachelor's and a master's degree in math. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
CBBC's classic gameshow, Raven, was rebooted in 2017 with a new female Raven alongside the original Raven, James Mackenzie. bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat…
Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was rejected by one magazine and was eventually sold for $9. The poem became immediately successful and reprinted in prominent periodicals without any financial gain to Poe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Baltimore Ravens took their name from Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The Cleveland Browns were non-existent in the NFL between 1996 and 1998. They were moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. The Browns were reinstated as an expansion team in Cleveland in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Matt Groening felt that The Simpsons rendition of The Raven would be the most pretentious thing they had ever done because it had no jokes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Why they say Ravens are the most intelligent birds. youtube.com/watch?v=efcIs…
Lewis Carroll eventually did answer the Mad Hatter's famous unanswered riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" In an 1896 edition, he wrote, "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!" [pg.71(5.)] books.google.com/books?id…
John Urschel, an offensive linemen for the Baltimore Ravens, is currently pursuing his PhD in mathematics at MIT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
, in Danish mythology, there is a group of Ravens called the Valravn that ate a kings heart and gained human integrative and supernatural abilities, which they used to perform malicious acts mythicalcreaturesguide.co…
Ravens enjoy playing pranks (Especially on Wolves) coleswildbird.com/2013/02…
, according to legend, if the resident ravens were to ever leave the Tower of London, the tower and monarchy would fall. So, to preserve the legend, they just cut the birds' wings so they can't fly away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeo…
In the 40 Years Mile High Stadium was home to the Denver Broncos, The Cardinals, Packers, Panthers, Colts, and Ravens never won a game there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Christopher Walken, James Earl Jones, John de Lancie, and John Astin have all recorded a version of Edgar Allan Poes' "The Raven". Bonus Vincent Price version in comments poetryfoundation.org/harr…
Ravens have always been kept at the Tower Of London. When Charles II (a very superstitious Monarch) asked for the Ravens to be removed, he was advised that if the Ravens were removed, The Tower would crumble and a great harm would befall the nation. royalcentral.co.uk/blogs/…
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote "The tale of Beren and LΓΊthien" out of the great love of his wife Edith. "It was first conceived in a small woodland glade filled with hemlocks ... her hair was raven, her skin clear, her eyes brighter than you have seen them, and she could sing – and dance." catholicgentleman.net/201…
During the London Blitz the population of the Ravens of the Tower of London was reduced to a single Raven. bareboneshistory.com/rave…
Edgar Allan Poe's gravestone bears the inscription "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'" which circles an image of a raven. findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg…
The King of Bhutan wears a crown surmounted by the head of a raven. At one time it was a capital crime to kill a raven in Bhutan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
A group of ravens is called a conspiracy, an unkindness, or a constable of ravens. And a group of herons is a siege of herons. lyberty.com/encyc/article…
Edgar Allan Poe's favourite phrase was "Cellar Door" which is the reason the raven says "nevermore" in his poem "The Raven" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
The honeybees, along with humans, ravens and ants, are the only known animals to communicate about things that are not immediately available. This is a linguistic concept known as Displacement. Honeybees perform a "waggle dance" to communicate the direction and distance of a food source. bio-tracking.org/the-wagg…
A group of hippopotami is called a bloat, a group of eagles is called a convocation, a group of bears is called a sloth and a group of ravens is called an unkindness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote "The tale of Beren and LΓΊthien" out of the great love of his wife Edith. "It was first conceived in a small woodland glade filled with hemlocks ... her hair was raven, her skin clear, her eyes brighter than you have seen them, and she could sing – and dance." catholicgentleman.net/201…
A group of ravens are called an unkindness or a conspiracy. livescience.com/12781-rav…
Crows and ravens are ranked among the most intelligent animals on the planet. They are known to have the ability to use tools. Some crows have even invented a method of bait fishing with crumbs stolen from humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Today I learned of Tara Strong, an actress and voice actress who has voiced characters in over 100 cartoons and movies, including Dil and Timmy from Rugrats, Raven from Teen Titans, Bubbles from the Power Puff Girls, and Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The Common Raven (Corvus corax) thrives in the Arctic Circle, and have been recorded flying at 20,600 feet on Mt. Everest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy of ravens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
, that the weird meter of E.A.Poe's "The Raven", a "trochaic octameter" is also used in Britney Spears' "Womanizer". It even goes as far as repeating words only to stay within the meter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…

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