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Joke ID 42

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [34] from page s: 36-37
>> Joke: 42

Birds and Insects.

The cawing rookis the smallestof the crow tribe. He is a true insect-destroyer. The cornix, or real crow,v/ill kill young lambs or pigs by picking out their eyes. A buzzard willdestroy 6000 miceannually. Oneowl is worth a dozen cats in the field, barn, or granary Blackbirds, thrushes, robins, starlings, and larks are worm-eating birds. The goldfinch eats thistle-seeds. A swallowwilldevour900 insectsin a day. Theminerbird, a worm-eater, has been introduced fromIndia into Australia. The bird called the laughing jackass is the best native mouser and snake-killer in Australia. How fond the Englishman is of the robin, which is his social winter companion, which he feeds with crumbs of bread, and which the barbarousBuffon recommended as a bonne bouche, when eaten with bread crumbs. The cockroach deposits 100 eggs at one time, and the wheat-fly 130 eggs, and the aphis is still moreprolific.



  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 36
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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