TIL that up until the 19th Century, European scientists had…

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TIL that up until the 19th Century, European scientists had little evidence that birds migrated during the winter. It wasn’t until a stork returned with a spear made of African wood through its neck that scientists had significant proof of long-distance migration.
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  1. Imagine getting a perfect hit in the neck with a bow only to see your prey abandoning the continent. The ultimate f u.

  2. Are you suggesting that African spears migrate?

  3. Knowing how some theories back then we’re somewhat imaginative, i wonder what they thought what happens to the birds in the winter only to have them show again in the spring.

  4. You see this shit? Motherfuckers tried to spear me on my summer holiday

  5. I’ve heard the story a million times and still don’t believe it. 1822.

    People had contact between northern Europe and southern Egypt for a really long time. No one mentioned Storks being around the Nile in December? You’d think someone in England would be like, man where do Storks go in winter and someone else being like, well the traders in Africa ask where Storks go in Summer.

  6. I wish English would go back to its Germanic roots. I want to be able to smash words together like Pfeilstorch (arrow stork) up on the fly, and have them come into common use.

  7. Why was it so unbelievable that birds, animals known for flying, could simply *fly somewhere else* when the weather got bad???

  8. Basically, everything you think you know today, could be proven wrong tomorrow.

    There so many examples of this and yet people still profess certainty in things they have no experience with.

  9. African wood… hmmmm.. .

    Which country ? Maybe it was just from an angry Portugeese gang that attacked the stork ?

  10. I’d migrate too if someone shot me in the neck.

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