Only the Owls Know the Answer to Your Riddle

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I have heard it said by wise people that birds are the only creatures who can truly answer a difficult riddle. Perhaps it is because they are used to seeing everything from above — and, when they land, from below. That double perspective is the key to their peculiar understanding.


This is a detail from a much larger picture by Rebecca Yanovskaya, an artist and illustrator in Toronto. You can see more of her magnificent work on her website.

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Okay, this is bizarre. I was standing outside on my back porch, having a little puff on the old pipe (tobacco, I assure you), when I heard a light tap on the gutter

I looked up to find a screech owl perched above downspout surveying the yard. No rustling of feathers or any other commotion. It just...appeared.

We hung out for a few minutes and enjoyed the supermoon together. Then, just as silently, it took off.

I came inside, fired up IO9, and THIS is the first article I saw!