Tag Archives: heraldry

Yale, Yale, the Gang’s All Here

Today’s mythical creature is the Yale, which was included in a list of uncommon mythical creatures on Quora, a site I’m always getting e-mails from despite not remembering ever signing up for, but I don’t unsubscribe because there’s interesting stuff … Continue reading

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American Birdbrain

You’ve probably heard the story about how Benjamin Franklin wanted the American national bird to be the turkey instead of the bald eagle. I first learned it on a first-grade field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, and I remember one … Continue reading

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Who, What, When, Where, Wyvern

While the wyvern is now fairly standard in fantasy fiction, its exact origins are difficult to trace. It seems to have first appeared in medieval bestiaries, and to have been used heavily in heraldry. While often used to represent war … Continue reading

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