DURING A HIKE with my friend, noticing a black bird roosting in a nearby tree:
“I've always wondered what the difference is between a crow and a raven,” I said.
“You have to count the pinion feathers on the wings,” my companion explained.
“If there are four, it's a crow. If it's five, it's a raven:”
“Really?” I said, although I knew he didn't have a clue what he was talking about.
“Oh, yes,” he replied, “it's just a matter of a pinion.”
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