The Jackdaw Journal
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jack-daw [JAK-dah], n. 1. a glossy, black, European bird, corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.; has a proclivity to collect bright objects that attract its attention; can include bits of ice, things round or square, twigs, filaments of light bulbs; specialist on the lookout of what fits the construction of its nest.

jackdaw journal [JAK-dah JERN-al], n. 1. a repository of bright objects — wit, wisdom and whimsey — collected and/or created by Michael McKinney.   2. a web log or blog


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Centraal Station Antwerpen gaat uit zijn dak!

April 25, 2009

Antwerp Central Station goes through the roof! This is great. You are guaranteed to enjoy it. See also the making of this video on YouTube


More than 200 dancers were performing their version of "Do Re Mi", in the Central Station of Antwerp. With just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started om March 23, 2009 at 08:00 AM. It is a promotional stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role in "The Sound of Music".

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World’s Funniest Joke

January 29, 2008

According to 55 percent of 350,000 people from 70 countries who participated online in Richard Wiseman’s Laugh Lab experiment, this is the world’s funniest joke:
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says, “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, “Okay, now what?”
Richard Wiseman is the author of Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things. His web site can be found at

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(Golf) Club Control?

September 22, 2007

BBC Reports a Seagull Shoplifter

September 21, 2007

This is from the BBC News:
The bird walks into the RS McColl newsagents in Aberdeen when the door is open and makes off with cheese Doritos.

The seagull, nicknamed Sam, has now become so popular that locals have started paying for his crisps.

Shop assistant Sriaram Nagarajan said: "Everyone is amazed by the seagull. For some reason he only takes that one particular kind of crisps."

The bird first swooped in Aberdeen's Castlegate earlier this month and made off with the 55p crisps, and is now a regular.

Once outside, the crisps are ripped open and the seagull is joined by other birds.

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Fractured English Department

April 22, 2007

These are actual signs from foreign countries written for the needs of English-speaking travelers.

Cocktail Lounge, Norway: Ladies are requested not to have children at the bar.
On A Highway, Denmark: Take notice when this sign is under water, road is impassable.
On A Restroom Hand Dryer, Prague: Do not activate with wet hands.
In a Cemetery, Moscow: Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.
On The Grounds Of A Private School, France: No trespassing without permission.

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