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The Death of Aeschylus

By Patrick follow Patrick   2020 May 20, 10:12pm 188 views   9 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Can't believe I lived to this point without hearing about this until now.

There is a kind of vulture called a lammergeier which eats tortoises by dropping them from a great height to break open their shells.

The Greek playwright Aeschylus died in 458 BC when a lammergeier mistook "his bald head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell" of a tortoise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeschylus#Death

2   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 May 21, 7:19am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I have seen seagulls around here do that with clams. If you are sitting on a bench next to a concrete path by the beach, you have to watch not to get hit by a falling clam a seagull dropped to break it open on the concrete.
3   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 May 21, 7:37am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
The Greek playwright Aeschylus died in 458 BC when a lammergeier mistook "his bald head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell" of a tortoise.


Sounds too good to be true.

Dude fought Iranians in two wars!
4   Ceffer   ignore (5)   2020 May 21, 8:14am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

He tortoise one last lesson.
5   clambo   ignore (5)   2020 May 21, 8:22am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Anthony Fauci has recommended never be outside without a hardhat for this reason.
People ignore him at their peril.
6   CBOEtrader   ignore (6)   2020 May 21, 8:28am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

He was old world arkancided " what happened to this man's head?"

"A bird dropped a tortoise on him"

Right...
7   mell   ignore (5)   2020 May 21, 8:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The name lammergeyer originates from German Lämmergeier, which means "lamb-vulture". The name stems from the belief that it attacked lambs. That's a pretty cool animal if it has learned to crack bones by dropping them onto rocks.
8   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 May 21, 8:46am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

CBOEtrader says
He was old world arkancided " what happened to this man's head?"

"A bird dropped a tortoise on him"

Right...


True, could just be cover for an ancient Hillary.

But it's also remotely plausible. Those things really do drop tortoises out of the sky.
9   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2020 May 21, 9:14am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

It's a big damn bird, it's probably the inspiration of the Griffin.

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