the memory palace: freds – “The earliest surviving record of an encounter of a European and a talking tropical bird comes from the travelogue of the Greek physician Ctesias, who wrote about his time in India with a marvelous red bird who spoke the region’s native language like a local, at least to the doctor’s ears. He even managed to teach the presumed parakeet a bit of his own language.”

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