Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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Do Not Mess With A Crow, Because It Won't Forget

It's not just me, this is creepy, right? "Crows remember the faces of 'dangerous humans,' with the memories likely lasting for a bird's lifetime. Crows may scold people who threaten them, bringing in relatives and even strangers to mob the person. The crows within mobs then indirectly learn about the person, so they too associate that individual's face with danger and react accordingly."

Photo by Ingrid Taylar

18 Comments / Post A Comment

Moff (#28)

It's true. Fifteen years later, Adam Duritz is still pissed at me for making fun of his stupid hair.

Matt (#26)

Old Crow never lets me forget that it doesn't forget.

El Matardillo (#586)

@Moff You've got a fast car. He's got a tarantula on top of his head.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Chris Robinson will never forgive Kate Hudson.

sigerson (#179)

Adam Carolla's prediction of "attack crows" is getting closer and closer to reality. Like guard dogs, they would follow you around and strike down any assailant who seeks to do any harm to you or your family.

DMcK (#5,027)

@sigerson Saruman FTW.

HiredGoons (#603)

mickelty mackelty hey donny dackelty.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

This guy has been experimenting on crows for the last ten years. This presentation shows you how crazy smart and vindictive they can be.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/joshua_klein_on_the_intelligence_of_crows.html

mishaps (#5,779)

@Joey Camire And this NYT correction shows you how misleadingly self-promoting grad students given TED talks can be:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/magazine/12letters-t-CORRECTIONS-1.html

Maud Newton (#600)

Terrifying. If you enrage them while wearing a mask, they will even recognize that mask upside-down. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/science/26crow.html

mishaps (#5,779)

@Maud Newton OK that is some seriously freaky stuff right there.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I forget, why are we threatening crows? They're not songbird-egg-replacers like cowbirds or rusty blackbirds, they're crows — and when there's a group of them we call that a 'murder.' Seems clear: leave them be.

carpetblogger (#306)

@dntsqzthchrmn Eat crow and you will suffer, for sure.

Moff (#28)

(Also, the fact that a crow will never forget that you messed with it is pretty much exactly what Brandon Lee was trying to teach us.)

Moff (#28)

(Also, really, that was a pretty good movie!)

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Moff I'm ready to re-watch that one for sure. Plus the soundtrack is very 90s and great: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Rage…, Rollins Band, Pantera (R.I.P. Dimebag), The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Annie K. (#3,563)

I can't help myself; think less of me if you will. http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/

CatsInBags (#3,656)

NOT OKAY.

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