Uncanny Factoid: Murder

Posted in PICTURES       20 Apr 2011       9251       3

No, we didn’t murder anyone, but you will want to read this fun factoid.

A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions.

 

For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow.

Many view the appearance of crows as an omen of death because ravens and crows are scavengers and are generally associated with dead bodies, battlefields, and cemeteries, and they’re thought to circle in large numbers above sites where animals or people are expected to soon die.

 

But the term “murder of crows” mostly reflects a time when groupings of many animals had colorful and poetic names. Other fun examples of “group” names include: an ostentation of peacocks, a parliament of owls, a knot frogs, and a skulk of foxes.

 

Learn Something Fun: There are about 40 or so species in the crow family. These range from pigeon-sized birds to ravens, which can be as much as 24-27 inches long.



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Archlord 9 year s ago
Huuuuh ok
       
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Analphilosopher 9 year s ago
so i will murder for you can be translated into i will gather a flock of ravens for you eh?
       
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NemmyK 9 year s ago
A group of crows can also be called a "storytelling" of crows. So there's even more interesting bits. @[email protected]
       
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