118 thoughts on “Extra points if you get this one

              1. PS. Is the offspring of a crow and a raven cowardly?

                Maybe. The offspring probably has cravings.

                These two take the prize!

    1. Ceiling Cat is surely wise (though CC’s gender is fuzzy…). By posing this question for us bipeds, the intent was obviously to teach us something about creation, because I learned something in the process. As chascpeterson (#34) noted, it seems that “crows” generally encompass the entire genus of Corvus. I did not know that. (bows to CC and backs away wondering if he has any catnip to leave as a votive offering…)

    1. When the raven went to the airport he was asked if he had any bags he wanted to check. Nope, he only had carrion.

    1. Dude, I am so totally getting that shirt for my cousin now.

      Awesome job everyone with the puns.

      Once upon a midday dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
      Over many a quaint and curious bl…uh, website of evolution lore—
      While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a pinging,
      As of some one gently posting, posting on their website d’or.
      “‘Tis a new post,” I muttered, “he’s done it again” I almost swore—
      “Only this and nothing more…”

        1. I love that poem, just for the sheer craft and command of language Poe shows in getting the metre and the alliteration and the complicated rhyme scheme to work so well. Truly a work of art.

    2. Haha, I got a t-shirt like that for xmas!

      Of course, some pedants insisted that two crows still constitutes a murder, but they really had no caws to complain.

  1. Don’t forget the somewhat amorous intent displayed by the one on the left. Clearly he(?) imagines starting a murder with that lovely beside him.

  2. Easy one. They are looking to assemble a “murder of crows” . A family or grouping of crows is known as a “murder of crows”.

    Do I get an inscribed and autographed copy of WEIT for that one?

    John Blase

  3. Those are actually banded ravens. You can tell they’re ravens because they look like ravens, and you can tell they’re banded ravens because they have bands on their legs.

  4. LOL, a murder of crows (even though they are Ravens); however I would prefer as a caption “2nd degree murder”

  5. Trouble is, as Nathan has pointed out, these are ravens, not crows. The term of venery for ravens is “unkindness” or “conspiracy.”

  6. Two for joy.

    “One for sorrow,
    Two for joy,
    Three for a girl,
    Four for a boy,
    Five for silver,
    Six for gold,
    Seven for a secret
    Waiting to be told.”

    And around here, umpteen in a kettle for a dead cow. 🙂

        1. If the banded bird pursues his amorous intent and engages in foreplay with his female (intended) mate, he may eat crow.

  7. You can find this listed as The Human, or, The End of the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe’s Cat:

    On a night quite unenchanting,
    when the rain was downward slanting,
    I awakened to the ranting
    of the man I catch mice for.

    Tipsy and a bit unshaven,
    in a tone I found quite craven,
    Poe was talking to a Raven perched
    above the chamber door.

    “Raven’s very tasty,” thought I,
    as I tiptoed o’er the floor,
    “There is nothing I like more”.

    Soft upon the rug I treaded,
    calm and careful as I headed
    Towards his roost atop that dreaded
    bust of Pallas I deplore.

    While the bard and birdie chattered,
    I made sure that nothing clattered,
    Creaked, or snapped, or fell, or shattered,
    as I crossed the corridor;

    For his house is crammed with trinkets,
    curios and weird decor –
    Bric-a-brac and junk galore.

    Still the Raven never fluttered,
    standing stock-still as he uttered,
    In a voice that shrieked and sputtered,
    his two cents’ worth – “Nevermore.”

    While this dirge the birdbrain kept up,
    oh, so silently I crept up,
    Then I crouched and quickly leapt up,
    pouncing on the feathered bore.

    Soon he was a heap of plumage,
    and a little blood and gore-
    Only this and not much more.

    “Oooo!” my pickled poet cried out,
    “Pussycat, it’s time I dried out!
    Never sat I in my hideout
    talking to a bird before.

    How I’ve wallowed in self-pity,
    while my gallant, valiant kitty
    Put and end to that damned ditty” –
    then I heard him start to snore.

    Back atop the door I clambered,
    eyed that statue I abhor,
    Jumped – and smashed it on the floor.

    It’s actually from Henry Beard’s Poetry For Cats, copyright 1994

    1. Delightful, superb. Great sense of the language’s flexibility. Cannot be surpassed.
      Best smirking answer in kind to dirgeful POE-try.

  8. There is no “scientific” distinction between ravens and crows; they are all members of the same genus Corvus, and some that are called “crows” are actually more clsely related to some called “ravens”. The larger the body size, the more likely to be called a ‘raven’, that’s all.
    Likewise, whimsical terms for groups of animals are hardly “biological terminology” either.

  9. People, people, enough! Such frivolity, such wit, such bonhomie! Have you forgotten that we are atheists, rationalists, scientists? Don’t you remember that we are supposed to be dour, acting solely according to logic, and without ordinary human emotions? After all, we don’t have a pipeline to the magic man in the sky, so our sensus is not divinitatus, we have no purpose (how could we, since our existence does not go on forever?), our Kalam is mere calamity.

    Sheesh, next thing you know we’ll be telling jokes.

  10. I got it because I saw it on this webpage in the article “More highbrow science jokes” last autumn


  11. I did get this right away, so give me that extra point…..then take it away because I recall the term from “The Simpsons”.

  12. My favorite group noun phrase is the one for a collection of ninjas: “an apparently empty room”.

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