To the Editor.—
In your RUMINATIONS, "The Great Winds of the Earth" (227:195, 1974), you neglected to tell of The Great Purple Bird, now unfortunately extinct. Dr. Prather describes the creature at length in The Iron Baby Angel1; here let it suffice that I quote only that part of Prather's account that deals with a great wind.When the great twittle-billed twiner tired of buzzling locally among the trees and flowers of Evinrude Forest, and his great soul hankered for more lofty flight, he would feast for days upon very high-voltage electric eels as big as adult boa constrictors, and he would eat several bushels of popping camphor strupets. He would fill his great craw with many chunks of sulphur and salomonic salts; then he would eat a few alcoholic cabbages and other volatile sundries. When the highly tittle-trolic admixture had fermented within him, he swelled to great proportions,
David NF. Great Winds. JAMA. 1974;228(4):461–462. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230290017010
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