What is Street Creatures?  This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.

How does it work?  Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.

Follow me on Twitter to play #StreetCreatures live every Friday at 9am PST.

Quiz #36 Clues

Harbinger of death

Answer (Don't click until you've solved it)



Just like crows, magpies have been observed holding funerals around their dead. However, as we know from @corvidresearch, what they’re doing is examining for danger.

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Magpies have a reputation as thieves with a fondness for shiny things, which turns out isn’t at all true. This myth was introduced in a French play, La Pie Voleuse, and for the next 200 years, magpies were unjustly villainized.

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The true villain was Ernest Hemingway, who captured magpies in Idaho and then released them in his own version of a pigeon shoot competition using live magpies and shotguns.

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Harbinger of death:

Magpies have also been associated with death and there are many different omens. A magpie on your roof? Death. Four magpies together. Imminent death. Magpie hovering over your head? You get the idea.

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