Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Fact and Fiction: Aside from dragons, perhaps no single Imaginary has attracted as much attention – and as much fallacy around it - as the unicorn. Unicorns have appeared in almost every Bestiary ever written; they were described by travelers and kings, priests and paupers; they were sought after and maligned, loathed and revered, loved and feared; they are described has having a huge variety of forms, colors, characteristics, and powers; they have been reported to live on almost every continent, inhabiting land, sea and air. No wonder we’re so mixed-up about the unicorn today!

The Chinese were the first to recognize that there is more than one unicorn, identifying six distinct species. My favorite among these is the Chiai Tung, a lion with a single horn on its head, who was said to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong. Legend says that if someone was believed to be a criminal, he would be thrown into a pit with the Chiai Tung. If he was guilty, the Chiai Tung would eat him. If he was innocent, the Chiai Tung would leave him alone and his life would be spared.

Some people believe that Alexander the Great’s horse Bucephalus was a unicorn, but as far as we know, this isn’t true, as most descriptions of his horse don’t mention the horn.

Stories about the special relationship between maidens and unicorns abound in European history. Some of these stories are probably fiction. However, we know that one of the founders of Iranigami, Ethelia, was considered a “unicorn charmer” by her contemporaries, and as she never married, she could very well be the source of the popular legend that unicorns can be tamed by maidens. From Ethelia’s writings, we know that in her opinion, what “charmed” the unicorns in her care was her complete lack of desire to capture or control them. In much the same way that the Chinese Chiai Tung could tell the difference between right and wrong, Ethelia’s unicorns sensed that they could trust her, and allowed her to approach them. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist, U.K.


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