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(Mother Nature Network)   Woman convinces a wild raven to allow her to pull porcupine quills out of its neck. Meanwhile your neighbor's dog still barks every time you take out the trash   ( divider line
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2013-07-14 10:10:01 AM  
11 votes:

hej: Ravens are actually pretty smart birds.

Yeah, he's probably smart enough to nevermore fark with porcupines.
2013-07-14 11:29:34 AM  
7 votes:
I once tried the same with a cougar, but she burned me with her cigarette.
2013-07-14 10:18:42 AM  
7 votes:
Quote that raven, "Thanks, you whore!"
2013-07-14 10:37:05 AM  
5 votes:
Ravens are so smart one taught me the Alekhine Defense as an opening move in chess. Hopped onto the board and moved my Knight to Nf6.

Then took my Knight right off the board and I've never seen it again.
2013-07-14 02:45:48 PM  
3 votes:
Ravens are neat. We had one that visited our back porch when I was a little kid, and we gave him bites of hot dog while trying to persuade him to say 'nevermore.' (We were not the most creative children, my siblings and I.) Eventually, my little sister was home with a summer cold for some days and managed to consistently train him.

Problem was, for YEARS afterward the people in the area reported this creepy-as-fark raven who would sidle up to a human and remark "Nevermore?" in this cheerful, squeaky little girl's voice. It was apparently terrifying, and yet, kind of awesome.
2013-07-14 11:41:39 AM  
3 votes:
Ah -hah! So that is how a raven is like a writing-desk!

They both have quills!
2013-07-14 11:06:59 AM  
3 votes:

Ima4nic8or: "Meanwhile your neighbor's dog still barks every time you take out the trash."

Truer word were never spoken.  They should train their damn animals not to bark or they should keep the things inside.

Why are dog owners such irresponsible assclowns?  They let their dogs shiat all over the place and don't pick it up, fail leash the things and let them run wild about the neighborhood, when their dog lunges at some 5 year old riding his bike by they say "oh, don't worry, he wouldn't harm a fly", even when the dog is quite clearly about to take a bite out of the kid.  On the sad occasion that their dog bites someone they moronically continue to say their dog is harmless and must have been provoked.  Dog owners are among the most lazy, irresponsible, moronic folks on the planet.  I wish I could say this applies only the gangbanger types who seem to think having a pit bull makes their cawk bigger but unfortunately every dog owner seems to be afflicted, even those that look like sane, rational people.

You should move to a better trailer park.
2013-07-14 11:54:42 AM  
2 votes:

jayphat: [ image 850x479]

Reason the neighbors dog may be barking at you.

You know, looking at that guy's orbital ridges, I'll bet he has NO peripheral vision whatsoever.  If you have to kill him, just sneak up to him from the side; he'll never see you coming.
2013-07-14 10:53:17 AM  
2 votes:

Peki: Animals aren't as stupid as we tend to think they are. Wasn't there a story a little while ago about a fox that sought out some hikers in Russia because its head was stuck in a jar?

I bet the raven would have been smart enough to turn the camera.
2013-07-14 10:43:47 AM  
2 votes:

Mister Peejay: hej: Ravens are actually pretty smart birds.


The common raven is a super smart bird...

Very true. I once pulled porcupine quills out of Joe Flacco's ass.
2013-07-14 01:40:35 PM  
1 vote:
One measure of intelligence is the ability for the frontal lobe to override the "get the fark outta here" signals from the hindbrain. That raven couldn't help but display the stereotypical aggression behavior of a wounded animal (open mouth, loud noises, pecking feints), but it was able to tamp them down because it knew a little pain from the human pulling the quills out would result in no more quills.

There's a funny story in one of Jane Goodall's books about this. Chimps make instinctual "there food here!" calls when they find a stash, so the other chimps come running. One chimp figured to clamp his hand over his mouth to muffle these calls, so when he found a cache of bananas left by Goodall he'd get to eat them all himself.
2013-07-14 12:24:39 PM  
1 vote:
My neighbor's dog is bored. So are my dogs. They bark at anything that moves, because.
2013-07-14 11:43:43 AM  
1 vote:

Reason the neighbors dog may be barking at you.
2013-07-14 10:46:54 AM  
1 vote:

Odoriferous Queef: ginandbacon: That was pretty awesome.


OMG your handle! Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!
2013-07-14 10:11:08 AM  
1 vote:

toraque: hej: Ravens are actually pretty smart birds.

Yeah, he's probably smart enough to nevermore fark with porcupines.

I lol'd.
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