Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

NYT Notes That Owls Are Popular Animals

'“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?'Of the many trends noted by the New York Times in recent years, perhaps this trend piece is the least controversial: "Owls are a staple of children’s books and cultural kitsch—here wooing pussycats in pea-green boats and delivering mail to the Harry Potter crew, there raising a dubiously Wise eyebrow in the service of snack food," the science section article notes. And yet, is there more to this kitsch animal transformed into an icon of modern style? Some say yes. Others—the owls, in particular—are most distinctive for what they have not said on the subject.

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atipofthehat (#797)

Who? Who?

Who cooks for you?

jfruh (#713)

Can't wait for Slate's "counterintuitive take"

Ken Layne (#262)

@jfruh "Why the Horsemeat Scandal Scares Us Away From Cheap, Tasty Owl Meat."

Is there a scene in Tinker, Tailor, soldier, Spy where a guy beats an owl to death? Because I kind of remember one.

riotnrrd (#840)

@My Number Is My Address Either an owl or a pigeon, flying into a schoolroom through the chimney. Or maybe it was just a first-form who underperformed at ruggers. My memory is fuzzy.

@My Number Is My Address, @riotnrrd : Absolutely an owl. I remember being all "dang, that must be really symbolic but I have no time to ponder it as I have to dedicate my mental resources to keeping straight which gray-faced Brit is triple-crossing which other gray-faced Brit."

Thank you both, I thought so but when no one in the movie seemed to take any notice of it I figured I was mistaken.

@My Number Is My Address : I think the fact that nobody in the movie takes any notice of it, even when it shows up later, stuffed and mounted on the classroom wall, is significant in some way. Of course, I wouldn't know, because by that point my poor American brain was all "God, I hope I understand the various machinations at least by the end of the ride home".

Alternate take : "when are they going to get to the fireworks factory?"

@Gef the Talking Mongoose In a weird way the mounted thing just convinced me there had been no live thing.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Ooh girl, you are giving me Game of Thrones realness!

(yeah, I've never seen GoT, so it may not even have owls, but doesn't it seem like it WOULD?)

@IBentMyWookie : "I'm serving Game of Thrones realness" is waaaay overdue to be a contestant's pre-runway line on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Edith Zimmerman (#5,210)

Haha, burned by the slow scroll — "oh, hot guy, nice, oh, okay, hm, wait, okay, he's holding an owl, hmm never mind."

hockeymom (#143)

@Edith Zimmerman NEVER MIND? Holding an owl is what makes him the hottest.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Edith Zimmerman Think of the LICE

deepomega (#1,720)

@deepomega (Owls are famous for their owl lice right?)

Edith Zimmerman (#5,210)

@deepomega What do you THINK I'm thinking of??

jbsquare (#793)

nice to see bears and owls getting along with each other.

userofowls (#241,947)


@userofowls What kind of a fly-by-night operation is this?

Democritus NOW! (#238,594)

@userofowls Well played! Now if we could just do something about those Angry Tits.

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