The Tridecadal Korean (astralblue) wrote,
The Tridecadal Korean

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Trivia of the Day

We all know this fable...

The Fox and the Crane

A Fox invited a Crane to supper and provided nothing for his entertainment but some soup made of pulse, which was poured out into a broad flat stone dish.  The soup fell out of the long bill of the Crane at every mouthful, and his vexation at not being able to eat afforded the Fox much amusement.  The Crane, in his turn, asked the Fox to sup with him, and set before her a flagon with a long narrow mouth, so that he could easily insert his neck and enjoy its contents at his leisure.  The Fox, unable even to taste it, met with a fitting requital, after the fashion of her own hospitality. After a bit of thinking, the Fox held the flagon bottom-up, gulped the whole thing off the flagon, burped loud and smirked.  The Crane was pissed.

The Crane could've brought blistering tears to the Fox's eyes had he put a lot of chili peppers into the food in the flagon, which the Fox wouldn't have been able to see until she gulped it, because:

Unlike mammals, birds are generally not sensitive to capsaicinoids ].


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