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[Tidbits] The Eagle

Rumor has it that if you nail an eagle to your barn door evil spirits
will not approach. This is perfectly understandable. If I were
approaching a barn door and I saw that some crazy loon had nailed an
eagle to it… I would also stay away. This is nothing less than
conventional wisdom.

Then there is the old adage that states that if you hard boil an
eagle’s egg and then two people share it… witches and evil spirits
will also stay away. Not too sure of the theory behind this… I
suspect it might have to do with the effects of hard boiled eagles’
eggs on the gastro-intestinal tract which may cause subsequent
distress to those within the breathable vicinity.

There is a theory as regards eagles that Adam and Eve did not die…
but were turned into eagles who would live forever off the coast of
Ireland. The logic here defies my understanding as I thought Ireland
was created long long after the death of the famous duo. But what do
I know. Boidie boidie in the sky… why’d you do that in my eye? I’m
sure glad elephants can’t fly. This last is nothing more than a
poetic little gift from me to you… which–by the way–I may have
give you before.

You want more? In bad weather the Welsh would often say: The eagles
are breeding whirlwinds on Snowdon. The wonderful thing about myths
is that they don’t necessarily have to follow any normal forms of
logic. Still … if anyone understands this last little tidbit… I
wouldn’t mind receiving an explanation. In fact I would welcome it.

I digress for an instant. I do hope you all know this is leading to
a wonderful piece of jewelry. Yes?

Now then… I know you all know that the eagle is the symbol of the
United States. However… believe it or not… it is said that
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey (an American bird) to have this
honor. Sheesh! Does this mean we’d have had eagles for dinner on

And now… a little something for the druggies out there… the
adherents of mescaline and LSD and a other hallucinogens. Eat an
eagle’s brain while it is still warm (who would even want to do
this?)… and upon you will be bestowed the greatest and most
fantastical illusions. Perhaps our founding fathers knew more than we
thought when they created the eagle as our national symbol. Mmmm.
These eagle brains are good. Let’s put this bird on our money. It’s
all illusory anyway. All those in favor say aye. Ai yi yi. Looking
at the way things are going these days I would suspect suspect fried
eagle’s brains are being served around the dinner tables throughout
the government buildings in Washington.

So listen. I’m hungry. My wife is cooking something aerie for me.
She said it would be trippingly good. Wonder what she meant? Gotta
run. How many of you want to see a great looking eagle bangle?
Gorgeous workmanship. 18 karat gold. Hinged. Head carved in sodalite.
Diamond set eyes with cabochon citrines. Worth about 1600 Swiss
Francs in 1989. Created circa 1950. Do not know the artist.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… one gorgeous eagle bangle to die for.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark