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"A Mallard, A Vulture - Wierd"

2 years ago November 23, 2012 Nov 23, 2012 Friday, November 23 2012 Friday, November 23, 2012 7:31:52 PM CST in Pat Shingleton Column

Today's frontal passage will provide enjoyable duck hunting. On this date in 1975, Jim Tollan, on the fourteenth hole of his local club in North Lincolnshire, nailed a mallard duck flying overhead. It fell onto the green in front of the Mallard Inn. "The Almanac of the Infamous, Incredible and Ignored," reports that in 456 BC a Greek oracle warned that Aeschylus, the father of Greek drama, would "die by a blow from heaven." After hearing the prediction, the battle hero and author of over seventy Greek tragedies stopped going outdoors during storms. On a sunny day in Gela, Sicily, a Lammergeyer vulture flew overhead with a tortoise in its claw. Believing Aeschylus's bald head was a rock and with hopes of dropping it to open the shell, Aeschylus died.

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