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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thought for the day - #9. Plus a Pelican in the news

A countdown of Thoughts for the Day:  (who wrote these anyway?)

#9 - "Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die."

Not sure who wrote that, but doesn't resonate with me and wouldn't be in my personal Top 10 quotes du jour.

I prefer the less jaundiced (ha, ha) view and more upbeat quote below ...

"One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick" - Rabbi Harold Kushner.

How true is that! 
Whether recovery from "the morning after the night before" feeling....
Or to really be ill and be thankful to be returned to good health.

On another topic; who knew  that Pelicans can swallow  a pigeon whole?
At least, a resident pelican in St. James' Park in London did just that a few days ago.  There was even a photo shown on TV of the pigeon gazing mournfully out of the gaping beak, before being swallowed alive in one gulp.

I saw that pelican/pigeon story on Have I Got News for You. The photo looked so bizarre!
was it screaming as it was being swallowed? did it struggle to get out of the pelican's throat?
Anx: the pelican probably had a helluva day and just thought "sod it" I'm fed up with fish pie. I'll try the pigeon today!"

kermit: the pigeon seemed to calmly accept its fate in the Darwinian evolution of pelican diet. It stared tearfully at us as the pelican closed its beak and swallowed mightily.
The pigeon slid down the gizzard of unintended consequences of a quiet walk in the park.
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