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Meep Meep

OK, this one was fun! When I was in grade school we had to stay with our babysitter--Mrs Bays--after school until my dad got off work at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I have vivid memories of those days. Mrs Bays had wall-to-wall carpeting, a fancy feature we'd covet for ourselves.

Of course, like every babysitter, Mrs Bays knew that her charges would be content in front of the television. Parked there. we watched Captain Kangaroo and cartoons. But the TV was off limits for us when As the World Turns came on at 1 pm; that was Mrs Bays' program.

Two of the most iconic of the cartoon characters were Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote. Armed with deadly force, the coyote gave it all he had yet lost every battle.

Here are a few fun factoids for the Roadrunner bird:

  • While running, roadrunners use their long tails for steering, balancing, and braking.

  • Roadrunners are also called earth-cuckoos, chaparral cocks, snake killers, and ground cuckoos.

  • A flock of roadrunners can be called a marathon or race.

  • Roadrunners mate for life and renew bonds each spring with courtship dancing, calls, chases, and sharing food. When they are ready to breed, males bring nesting materials such as twigs, leaves, grass, snakeskin, and bits of dung to their partners, and the female will build the broad platform nest.


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