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"A Mallard, A Vulture - Wierd"

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Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:31 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: A dead mallard. A dead philosopher.

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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