|Sure, it would have been considerably better for me if it had been a tweet about my books, but I’ll take it!
To celebrate, I thought you’d be interested in a further smattering of magpie folklore (I’ve come to learn a thing or two about them in my time, you know).
Here’s my collection of top five magpie facts/folklore:
5 – Magpies have been observed holding ‘funerals’ for dead birds, some even bringing wreaths (okay, bunches of dead grass) to the event!
4 – In Ancient Greece, the magpie was linked to Bacchus god of wine, and was also linked to getting drunk. Norse myths also linked the black and white colours of magpie feathers to sex, to the joining of opposites.
So, magpies have all the fun, right?
3 – Not so keen on them in Scotland, the Scots believed the magpie held a drop of the devil’s blood under its tongue. As you do.
2 – They can speak! Or at least, they can mimic human speech, if exposed to it for long enough. Don’t believe me? Hit up YouTube…
But my favourite magpie fact is this one:
1 – “One for sorrow, two for joy” – this famous line has a bit of a sad origin. Magpies mate for life, you see, hence the ‘joy’ for two. But if you spot a magpie by itself, there’s a fair chance its mate is no more…