Day 330/365: Tao-Tao (Scarecrow)

November 27, 2011

Green fields. A very nice fields of crops that is very pleasant to our eyes. But what are those weird human looking stuff standing in the middle of those fields? A tree plant? A post? What?…It’s a scarecrow!

What about scarecrow? and why it is standing in the middle of the fields?

A scarecrow is, essentially, a decoy. Traditionally, it is a human figure (or mannequin) dressed in old clothes and placed in fields by farmers to discourage birds such as crows or sparrows from disturbing and feeding on recently cast seed and growing crops (from Wiki)

So my question is, How come the bird was scared? Its not moving anyway and for sure they know if its not alive or they can check if its moving or not. Probably from a distance, they will thought its their favorite farmer standing on the middle of the crops. And probably look for other field of crops which they will assume safe than having a human watcher (?) that is looking at them. I assume it was just a folklore story. I have seen scarecrow and the birds even stands on the scarecrow shoulders or head. So probably, there should now be a robotic scarecrow that can move and even dance 🙂 Well I hope to see one soon! For now let me try to be scarecrow to shoo the birds away 🙂

Here are the different names of Scarecrow per Language

Name                                             Locale/Language
Fugleskræmsel                                       Danish
Vogelverschrikker                                   Dutch
Epouvantail                                            French
Vogelscheuche                                       German
Bijuka                                                     Hindi
Spaventapasseri                                      Italian
Kakashi                                                 Japanese
Nokku Kuthi                                         Malayalam
Nuffara                                                   Maltese
Matarsack                                               Persian
Tao-tao                                               Philippines
Espantalho                                           Portuguese
Espantapájaros                                      Spanish
Sola Kolla Bommai                                  Tamil
Bujgaavane (बुजगावणे)                             Marathi
Flay-crow                                             unknown
Mawpin                                                unknown
Mawkin                                                unknown
Bird-scarer                                           unknown
Mog                                                     unknown
Shay                                                     unknown
Guy                                                      unknown
Shuft                                                    unknown
Rook-scarer                                         unknown
Kelson                                                 unknown



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