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Old 02-25-2012, 01:12 AM   #5776
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Are albatrosses supposed to be the souls of sailors who have drowned, or am I making that up?
Not what I was looking for, but maybe?

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Jeez! Look what it did for the Ancient Mariner! One shot and not any drop to drink!

Albatross tend to fly near shore, and sailors just out of sight of land could tell which direction the shore was when they would see one. I guess that's like the Ravens carried by the Vikings in a previous quiz question.

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Also good, but not what I was looking for.

I had a very simple answer in mind, but maybe the other answers are just as valid.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:34 AM   #5777
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Because they're inedible, so there's no point? (I don't know if they're inedible or not, just guessing. This is a variation on the To Kill a Mockingbird reason.)
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:28 PM   #5778
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Lions are inedible too, but people still arrange safaris and corner them so that German and US tourists can shoot them.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #5779
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Yeah, I liked was Bookpossum's answer, so now I'm curious as to SneakySnake's answer.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #5780
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I also thought it was along the lines of Bookpossum's answer. I know that it was considered lucky if an Albatross followed a ship, so I guess killing one was therefore considered unlucky?
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:23 PM   #5781
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Because they're inedible, so there's no point? (I don't know if they're inedible or not, just guessing. This is a variation on the To Kill a Mockingbird reason.)
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Lions are inedible too, but people still arrange safaris and corner them so that German and US tourists can shoot them.
Wow. That seems irrelevant and an overreaction, especially given my nationality, to what seems to me a reasonable guess and one which in no way condoned shooting the inedible.

Just Germans and Americans, eh? Could we keep unnecessary national slurs out of a fun thread?

A simple no would have sufficed.

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #5782
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I also thought it was along the lines of Bookpossum's answer. I know that it was considered lucky if an Albatross followed a ship, so I guess killing one was therefore considered unlucky?
That was what I thought it was. Simply that you would kill your luck. I think the albatross around the neck was to show everyone who killed the luck. I don't know if the dead sailor thing was part of the same luck story, or something that came earlier or later or even from the same people.

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Wow. That seems irrelevant and an overreaction, especially given my nationality, to what seems to me a reasonable guess and one which in no way condoned shooting the inedible.

Just Germans and Americans, eh? Could we keep unnecessary national slurs out of a fun thread?

A simple no would have sufficed.
Apologies for that. I simply remembered who was attending the safari I saw on the TV (I was disgusted), and blabbed without thinking. I did not mean to imply that Germans and Americans are all killers. sorry!
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #5783
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Issy's American? I thought she was from England. Isn't that what her location says?
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #5784
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Issy's American? I thought she was from England. Isn't that what her location says?
Issy's from New England, I think you'll find.

I'm from old England.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #5785
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Issy's from New England, I think you'll find.

I'm from old England.
Look at where I'm from.
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An island?
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #5787
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An island?
Actually, that's a good quiz (even though it's not my turn). Why is Rhode Island called an Island even though it is not an island?

When I lived in California, I worked for a company that had a client in Rhode Island, and I always asked them why it was called Rhode Island and no one ever knew. BTW, for those of you not from the states, Rhode Island is one of the six states considered part of "New England".
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I thunk it was as island! d'oh!

Is it named after a place that was really an island?

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It's called after the Rhode Island Red hens!

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I know the answer to this and I even know the full name of your state, but that's 'cos I'm local. I'll keep schtum.
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