It’s Rewrite Time, Pal

Listen, Mother Goose, or whatever the heck your name is, I don’t feel like bein’ baked in no pie, see. So just whip out that red pencil and make it “four and nineteen blackbirds,” if you know what’s good for you.

Eh, what’s one more or less, Krystal?


  1. Oh my word! This little black fuzzball needs to come and live with me! He’ll make a lovely contrast along side my Cockatoo!

  2. oh my gawd he has an Edward G Robinson snarl. get this kiddo a mini cigar and derby hat, pronto.

    (p.s. sooo fuzzeehhh)

  3. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    O Mike, yew had me, at “or whatever your name is” and then
    again at “capische”!!!!

    Add my name to the ever-lengthening list of “Mike’s Wannabe Wenches”, please ….

  4. WIlliam McDuff says:

    “Three and twenty,” please! :)

  5. 260Oakley says:

    Quoth this raven:
    Nevermore, suckas!

  6. 260Oakley says:

    Of course, he could just be a raven lunatic.

  7. stark-raven mad, even!

  8. Why is a Raven like a writing desk?

  9. Because neither one can whistle!

  10. Welcome back!

  11. Gigi (the original one) says:

    OK I’ll bite. Why is a Raven like a writing desk?

  12. Hon Glad!!!!!!!!! Whereya been? Making an Anglo-Saxon nuisance of yourself in Mallorca or Crete?

  13. victoreia says:

    Still waiting to know why a Raven is like a writing desk……. (And the time diff between the Atlantic pond and the middle of the Pacific pond is NOT, NOT an acceptable excuse!)

  14. Mark E. DeSade says:

    Because there’s a b in both and an n in neither

  15. I thought you literary types would know this, it’s a quote from Alice in Wonderland , said by the Mad Hatter to Alice and his reply is “I haven’t the slightest idea”

  16. Spanish Ninja says:

    Easy- Poe wrote on both!

  17. Rachel of Cyberia says:

    They both have inky quills.

  18. @victoreia, you mean to say you haven’t even seen the movie with Johnny Depp? Goodness.

  19. victoreia says:

    @Hon Glad: I’m ashamed to admit it–I’ve never read “Alice in Wonderland”.

    @Spanish Ninja: :lol:

  20. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Hey 260 — I just came across something that’s A+ excellent and just your style, but it isn’t a webpage link. Without trying to impose on your personal email, do you have a non-FB location (I don’t have a FB)/ secondary email where I could cut/ paste a page of text to send directly to you? I promise it isn’t any kinda spam/ phish junk and I try pretty diligently not to allow junk to hitchhike with anything I want to share with somebody. I don’t want anyone to publish their personal private main email address here on CO b/c non- CO badly-intentioned persons or webbots could tangle up things; but if you have a general access acct, this one page of stuff is truly unusual & remarkable; and it looks as though CO decided to give up on the CuteTalk platform.

    No problem either way, if there isn’t a manageable avenue.

    No problem if

  21. Theresa – Snowpea and any other concerned peeps. My non- appearance was due to an operation on my foot and the fact that my home puters conection is faulty, I think it needs a new Hub/box thingy. The fact that I have got to move furniture to get at connections is puting me off.
    Still if you would like to get the Chariot, crown and geezer to tell me “you are but a man” Theresa can start strewing rose petals, as I make my triumphal entry to the snickering lounge.

  22. All glory is fleeting!

  23. 260Oakley says:

    Sounds like awesome sauce O NO, but unfortunately I really don’t have any kind of general account and I’m afraid if I posted my email on this site my rivals would cyber-kidnap me in an attempt to get the blueprints for the Pun-o-matic 2000. But thanks for thinking ‘o me!

  24. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    @ 2600:
    [pa Russkie] Ya panimayu
    (aka “I understand”)

    Grooviness be unto you.

  25. Evermur!

  26. Birdie is all “I got your tweet right here”, peeps.

  27. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Dees comment = PERFECTION!!!!

  28. Who bakes blackbirds into a pie anyway? They’re in the “non-tasty” bird group, I think.

    Anyway, I love this little ball of soot. Too cute!

  29. Laura Ingalls Wilder liked them.

    Just saying.

  30. 260Oakley says:

    Yeah, she also like something called “headcheese”. The mind boggles.

  31. *shudder*

    Actually, since I have a pretty bad sinus infection at the moment . . . 8O

  32. I suspect that Ms. Wilder had to learn to like a lot of stuff we shudder at today.

  33. I never knew what headcheese was until I spent a short stint working behind a deli counter. All I can say is, Ewwww!

  34. victoreia says:

    To eat?!?!?!? 8-O

  35. Yup. See “Little Town on the Prairie” (NOT Little House).
    A lot of stuff folks used to eat was a matter of survival, headcheese being yet another example.

  36. “Little ball of soot”? So funny, so right!

    My dad used to eat headcheese and mayo sandwiches. But because he was from the Deep South, when I say “mayo” I mean “Miracle Whip” or “That awful sandwich spread with relish in it.” And people wonder why I had food issues as a child…

  37. Shari – Heinz sold or still sell sandwhich spread here in the UK it looks exactly like vomit.

  38. Hon Glad, I’m very sorry you’ve been subjected to that vile stuff. Your description is quite accurate…and I’m getting a bit queasy just thinking about it.

  39. victoreia says:

    And people wonder why Americans are so unpopular…..look at the foods we’ve inflicted on the world!

  40. Gigi (the original one) says:

    If this guy gets his way, Mother Goose is going to end up in the East River wearing a pair of cement galoshes!

  41. BEF!
    and BEEP! on teh nose/beak area. :)

  42. WendyPinNJ says:

    Awwww, look at the beady-eyed floofy black cuteness!

  43. OMG, this is ADORABLE *thud*

  44. Uh, is that a talon at bottom left, or what?

    Holy crow, someday that is going to be one big, scary feathered shadow of vengeance from above.

  45. PS: He looks like a cartoon– anyone ever see Drinky Crow?

  46. Finally, another human who’s heard of Drinky Crow!! *toasts*

  47. IRL SUSUWATARI is seriously cute!

  48. su-su-sudeo?

  49. :lol:

  50. What a beauty! So cute.

  51. He is definitely doing the “fluff up to look bigger” thing.

  52. Ah, so it’s not a Blackbird as such (Blackbird singing in the dead of night) cos a Blackbirds song is my favorite. If it’s a Raven it had better not leave the Tower of London or Britain will be in deep doo doo. Come to think of it we are in deep doo doo, economically

  53. Martha in Washington says:

    Can I just say that I think it is cheating that they clip the wings of the Tower Ravens? :)

  54. victoreia says:

    Guess they figured they couldn’t stack the deck any other way……

  55. Is dat floofy fur or is dat floofy feathers?
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night… Take these tiny wings, and learn to fly…

  56. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    YAY BESTEST Beatle-acious Song EVAHR!!!
    Mostest elegantest guitary stuff & thoughtful lyrics as well….

  57. Yeah, show me a BAD Beatles song. I can’t think of any off the top of my head. And I’m not talking about members of the Beatles going solo.

  58. hmmm…. let me think… la la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey jude
    la la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey judela la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey judela la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey judela la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey judela la la la la la la la la la
    la la la la
    hey jude

    [times a million]

    i got one!

  59. I can think of one I really dont like.

  60. Gigi (the original one) says:

    That looks like a baby raven. I’ve never been scared of birds until I went to visit the Tower of London. Those ravens are BIG and SCARY!
    My husband wanted to take a photo of me next to one who landed on a canon.
    It was before digital cameras and he had to play with the focus and that bird gave me a look that froze the blood in my vein! Scared the beejesus out of me.

  61. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:


  62. I think that Raven probably thought you were there to feed him/her, Gigi (the original one), and did not mean to scare you.

  63. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Yes well he looked like he wanted to eat me! Or at least take a bite.
    Maybe I just read Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven one to may times :-)

  64. Gigi – Ravens/Crows aren’t too nice . From the folk song ‘The twa Corbies’
    “I’ll pike oot his boney blue een”

  65. This one’s pretty fresh, from the looks of it. He still has the little egg tooth on his beak.

  66. I love black animals. (I don’t know what that says about me….) This guy is adorable along with my black dog, black cat and I’m in love with the solid black duck and squirrel I saw once. They’re the prettiest!

  67. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    WOWzer. Awesomeness, indeedy!!!!

  68. My Dante basically got adopted because of his big eyes staring out of his black face. He looked like a kitten version of Marvin the Martian.

  69. I know, Shannon :D I saw a beautiful black fluffy female kitty named “Hope” on a show called “Adopt A Pet” which is on GlobalTV here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada :D I would adopt her if I had the money to pay for the adoption and convince my brother and his friend we need a third kitty :D

  70. Whatever it is, it’s gotta be altricial (meaning that it’s born feathered and ready to run around, like chickens and ducks) rather than precocial (all bald with closed eyes, like songbirds, including blackbirds and ravens). As someone else mentioned, it’s got an egg-tooth still, which means it’s very recently hatched. It doesn’t have webbed feet so I’m thinking a chicken?

  71. Um, whoops, I reversed altricial and precocial. The other way around, I mean.

  72. Pie? Shouldn’t that be CAW!bbler?

  73. hehe

  74. This little guy must be the black peep of the family.

  75. (*hands over two thousand Internets*)

  76. It’s a baby rail. :) Google image search “rail chick” to see a bunch more of them. Baby crows and ravens are a lot more awkward looking, and less fluffy.

  77. Thanks, Melissa! That’s what I was scrolling down to find out! : )

  78. Me too! :D

  79. Thanks! So much for my guess. :)

  80. It’s a Totoro dustbunny!

  81. *holds up 10.0 card*

  82. Does anyone know ahat kind of baby boid this is? A baby chicken of some sort, yes? Silkie of some sort?

    (it is *not* a baby blackbird, nor a baby crow/raven)

  83. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    See Melissa’s reference, a few comments above -?- :)

  84. Thank you! So, a water fowl of some sort (explains the ginormous FEET!), probably a rail of some sort – a suggestion is White-breaste watherhen. My enquiring mind can now rest at ease :)

  85. Not a purple gallinule, as some have suggested, because they don’t have black beaks, like this little mite.

  86. And not a coot/gallinule/mudhen because they’ve got wild triple-webbed feet for swimming

  87. 260Oakley says:

    Really? I thought this was Coot Overload. My mistake.

  88. @ 260Oakley: *snicker*

  89. My guess is Virginia rail–the white-breasted waterhen chicks seem to have cheek patches.

  90. Now I would like to see a Virginia rail do the Virginia Reel.

  91. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    *delighted, happy giggle*

  92. He looks like he belongs in the Angry Birds game. I just want to launch him :)

  93. It’s a baby rail. A type of wading bird. According to the website it’s from, the chick died. =( Still, a loveable bundle of fuzz.

  94. MINE!!!!!!!!

  95. fish eye no miko says:

    Oh, God, he’s so fluffy, I just wanna snuggle him!

  96. Is this the flying/swimming version of Miyazaki’s house sprites? Looks like it! :-)

  97. Oh my goodness, ninja chick! :o

  98. Fwuffy

  99. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    vewwy twue.

  100. CatViccer says:

    Puts sparkly black eye in Tiffany setting and wears on finger…..

  101. O, that lovely feather coat, and Swarovsky-looking eyelids! So fashionable! So chic!

  102. I request an eye-hance, STAT.


  103. And also:

    So indignant!

  104. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    verry accurate point.

  105. Indignink.

  106. OMG!!! *Passes out from a cuteness overdose…comes too…looks at screen…passes out again…) Awww, he’s so tough! It just sends shivers down my spine! (actually wanting to cuddle him is why the shivers ;)

  107. Eeeh, so prosh, so shiny!

  108. I can’t hold it in any longer . . . . THAT’S SO RAVEN!!!


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