Remember in the olden days, when magpies stole your jewellery and decided the sex of your unborn child and got super involved with all the witchcraft that was probably going on? They don’t do any of that stuff any more. They just sit in trees now and fly around a bit. How the mighty have fallen, eh?
Did you know that in the past some Christians believed that the magpie was the only bird that didn’t cry or comfort Jesus when he was crucified? I mean, they don’t think that now, obviously, and possibly not many thought it at the time. People always say things like ‘some Christians believe…’ without really being specific on the maths. How many is some? Twelve?
Richard Dawkins once tweeted,
“Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day. I had a little jar of honey, now thrown away by rule-bound dundridges. STUPID waste.”
but we shouldn’t extrapolate from that tweet that all atheists are that daft.
Where was I? Oh yes, magpies…
Magpie (Pica pica)
- You know what a magpie looks like.