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It seems to me that the more years I live, the more that I have started to ask the questions, “Who started this….?” and “Where did this come from…?”  Today when I was with the group that I join for coffee most mornings we began a discussion about what a group of certain animals are called.  This led me to ask the question, “Who decided that this should be the name for a grouping of these animals?”  Everyone got out their smart phones and began Googling to find the answers.  While we never found the source of the name applied to the animals, we did find names for groupings of animals that none of us knew.

I am sometimes amazed how the way I approach aspects of life have changed over the years.  I am sure that when I was younger, I would have never cared what was the source of the labeling of a group of animals.  In fact, I probably would have never cared to know what label had been applied to a group of animals.  However, as I am maturing, I find that my curiosity continues to increase.  I no longer just seek facts or information but instead I want to understand the background and depth of the information or facts.  For me, my curiosity increases with each year of my life.  I never seem to have enough time to dig as deep as I want to go into the information I know or to which I am exposed.

So my life seems to be filled more and more with questions.  Who started this?  Why do we do this?  Where are the beginnings of this tradition?  How did they arrive at that name?

Here are few interesting tidbits that I learned this morning:

  • Wisdom = a group of wombats
  • Sounder = a group of boars
  • Smack = a group of jelly fish
  • Jerk = a group of female horses
  • Scourge = a group of mosquitoes
  • Colony = a group of penguins
  • Drift/Drove = a group of pigs

I hope that your curiosity increases with time.  I hope that I never start asking the questions that cause me to go deeper than just the facts.  I don’t want to be a Joe Friday.


Posted March 21, 2013 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Life

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