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Caldwell and Gerhard E. Lundeen. Do You Believe It? , 1934), p. 119. 55 56 The Natural History of Nonsense oo[ 57 ]oo CHAPTER FIVE THE FURRED FOLK MERELY to list popular misconceptions about four-footed animals would fill a volume. Nothing has caught man's attention more forcibly than those living creatures which, from the beginning of time, he has perceived to resemble himself. But the confused impressions of them that he has accumulated speak ill of his ability to accept the evidence of his senses.
Forty years ago every barefoot, barefaced 5 See Raymond L. Ditmars: Reptiles of the World (New York: Sturgis & Walton, 1910), p. 306. And see Alan Brown: "Animals Don't Like Music," in The Etude, February 1943, pp. 79, 126, 128. Tommy Dorsey’s experiment is described in this article. And see George J. Romanes: Animal Intelligence (London: K. , 1882), p. 265. 6 Morris: they hop and crawl, pp. 108-09. 77 The Natural History of Nonsense boy in America was willing to swear that a decapitated turtle would not die until sundown.
Dr. Fishbein quotes Dr. J. H. Long of Lincoln, Nebraska, 5 Vilhjalmur Stefansson The friendly Arctic (New York: The Macmillan Company; 1924), pp. 369, 459. " 6 Except for such moving passages, however, there is nothing to support the belief. Though cats have suffocated infants by lying across their faces, the belief is probably not even a distortion of these rare fatalities, but rather a survival of the old belief in vampires and succubi, coupled with fear of an animal which, however small, has a certain amount of independence and will defend itself if molested.