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Scarecrows in a rice paddy in Japan
Scarecrows in a rice paddy in Japan

A scarecrow is a device, traditionally a human figure dressed in old clothes, or mannequin, that is used to discourage birds such as crows from disturbing crops.[1] Not only do crows feed on recently cast seed, they also gather nightly, starting with groups of a half dozen which then unite to form a group of 20 to 30 and so on until the flock is quite large and noisy. It is their habit to return to the same place each night. Scarecrow Japan Paddy Field I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... Scarecrow Japan Paddy Field I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... For other uses, see Rice (disambiguation). ... Terrace of paddy fields in Yunnan Province, southern China. ... Look up scarecrow in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A wooden mannequin For other uses, see Mannequin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Crow (disambiguation). ...

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In the Japanese mythology compiled in Kojiki in 712, a scarecrow appears as a deity, Kuebiko, who cannot walk, but knows everything of the world. Download high resolution version (426x640, 111 KB)Scarecrow Template:Cc-by-2. ... Download high resolution version (426x640, 111 KB)Scarecrow Template:Cc-by-2. ... Kojiki or Furukotofumi (古事記), also known in English as the Records of Ancient Matters, is the oldest surviving historical book recounting events of ancient earth in the Japanese language. ... Events Ansprand succeeds Aripert as king of the Lombards. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


The 1881 Household Cyclopedia of General Information gives the following advice: Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Household Cyclopedia was an 1881 guide to housekeeping. ...

Machinery of various kinds, such as wind-mills in miniature, horse rattles, etc., to be put in motion by the wind, are often employed to frighten crows; but with all of these they soon become familiar, when they cease to be of any use whatever.


The most effectual method of banishing them from a field, as far as experience goes, is to combine with one or other of the scarecrows in vogue the frequent use of the musket. Nothing strikes such terror into these sagacious animals as the sight of a fowling-piece and the explosion of gun powder, which they have known so often to be fatal to their race.


Such is their dread of a fowling-piece, that if one is placed upon a dyke or other eminence, it will for a long time prevent them from alighting on the adjacent grounds. Many persons now, however, believe that crows like most other birds, do more good by destroying insects and worms, etc., than harm by eating grain.

Crows can be a problem in Spring gardens. They can work down a row pulling up recently sprouted corn to eat the remaining seed/seedlings. In the southern Appalachians another common method of scaring off crows was use of a dead crow hung upside down from a pole. The Household Cyclopedia was an 1881 guide to housekeeping. ...


Modern scarecrows seldom take a human shape. On California farmland, highly reflective aluminized PET film ribbons are tied to the plants to create shimmers from the sun. Another approach are automatic noise guns powered with propane gas. Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (boPET) polyester film is used for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, gas and aroma barrier properties and electrical insulation. ...


Other names for scarecrows

Korean scarecrows

In the United Kingdom, where the use of scarecrows as a protector of crops dates from time immemorial, and where dialects were rife, there are a wide range of alternative names such as: Image File history File links ScarecrowKoreanFolkVillage. ... Image File history File links ScarecrowKoreanFolkVillage. ...

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Scarecrows in fiction

  • The scarecrow was commonly used in 19th century English Literature.
  • A Southern Horrorcore Rapper named "Boondox" portrays himself as a scarecrow and even goes by the alias "The SkarCrow"
  • The scarecrow "Hodmandod" was a frequent character in the Rupert the Bear cartoon series.
  • Another animated scarecrow from children's fiction was Worzel Gummidge, who first appeared in series of novels by Barbara Euphan Todd in the 1930s, and later in a popular television adaptation.
  • The name of the character Kakashi Hatake, from the Naruto anime and manga series. Although he is not a scarecrow, his name means "farmland scarecrow" or "scarecrow farmland" (Kakashi means "scarecrow" and Hatake means "farmland" in Japanese). He looks tall and sleepy, like fictional scarecrows. He is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese) and Dave Wittenberg (English).
  • Scarecrow is also the alias for Kuroda Shinpei, a character from the popular Japanese anime series Boogiepop Phantom. Upon being assassinated by Mo Murder, it is Scarecrow's cape and hat that go on to define Boogiepop's other-wordly image.[citation needed]
  • In the novels Wicked and Son of a Witch, the scarecrow is portrayed as an object in a pagan rite that includes human sacrifice. The scarecrows used in this rite then become sometimes sapient and animate, although this is apparently rare.
  • In certain role-playing games, such as Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game, there are monster-like versions of scarecrows, brought to life by means of magic.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the player can practice swordsplay on scarecrows. The skull kid in this game also resembles a scarecrow.
  • In the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, the main character attempts to keep birds from eating his newly sowed corn stalks. As a discouragement, he shoots several of the birds and then hangs them in rows, such as English prisoners. The remaining birds are so frightened that they refuse to even remain in the area. While not the modern idea of a scarecrow, Crusoe does remark, "...I could never see a bird near the place as long as my scarecrows hung there." (Crusoe is generally thought of as the first English novel and it is possible that the word "scarecrow" is derived from this moment of scary crows scaring crows.)
  • In a children's story, Kelson the Scarecrow saves Robbie Noel's cornfield by scaring away 1000 crows in one night.
  • in the television series The Boondocks, a deleted scene featured Uncle Ruckus showing Robert Freeman, a "ScareNigga", a scarecorow wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe & hood. showing more of Uncle Ruckus's self-hating racism.
  • In the television program Family Guy, Peter's Jewish friend Mort Goldman keeps borrowing his possessions, causing Peter to decide to fend off Mort with a "ScareJew", a scarecrow that looks like Adolf Hitler.
  • In an episode of Supernatural, an apple farm is the home to a man-eating scarecrow brought to life by an ancient pagan god of crops by the ancestors of the townspeople. They continue to trick people into entering the garden to appease the evil spirit to give them prosperity.
  • In the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood", scarecrows are created by the Family, moving like living creatures by way of "molecular fringe animation". They are used as foot soldiers and for kidnapping people, whom the Family can then possess.
  • In the opening scenes of Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow", an elderly man riding in a horse-drawn carriage on a stormy night passes an evil-looking scarecrow with a large pumpkin for a head.

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Ray Bolger (January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987) was an American entertainer of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow (and the farmworker Hunk) who was Dorothys favorite in the 1939 film classic, The Wizard of Oz. ... His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 film production, directed by J. Farrell McaDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. ... Boondox (David Hutto) is a southern rap artist from Covington, Georgia. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... This article deals with the Scarecrow of DC Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... For the novel based on the film, see Batman Begins (novelization). ... Cillian[1] Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish film and theatre actor active since 1996. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... The Scarecrow is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe, in which he is an enemy of Spider-Man and Ghost Rider. ... The Straw Man is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Rupert the Bear is a cartoon character created by Mary Tourtel in the 1920s. ... Worzel Gummidge is a British childrens character, a walking, talking scarecrow, who originally appeared in a series of books by Barbara Euphan Todd. ... Barbara Euphan Todd (1890-1976) was a British writer. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... The Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn is the smuggler hero of a series of novels by Russell Thorndike. ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the DEA. Smuggling is illegal transport, in particular across a border. ... 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Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... “Halloween Town” redirects here. ... Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride Chris Sarandon (born July 24, 1942) is an American actor. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Kakashi Hatake ) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Naruto created by Masashi Kishimoto. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Weekly Comic Original run November 1999 – Ongoing No. ... Kazuhiko Inoue (井上 和彦 Inoue Kazuhiko, born March 26, 1954) is a veteran seiyÅ« who was born in Kanagawa. ... David Richard Paul Wittenberg (Born September 1, 1971 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a prolific video game and anime voice actor (with nearly a hundred titles to his credit). ... Wicked, or Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a parallel novel by Gregory Maguire. ... Son of a Witch book cover Son of a Witch is a sequel to Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the fifth revisionist novel written by Gregory Maguire. ... The Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game is a game produced by Palladium Books. ... The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a video game released in 1998, and the first Zelda game for the Nintendo 64. ... 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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn track listing Chapter 24 (Track 9) The Scarecrow (Track 10) Bike (Track 11) The Scarecrow is a song on Pink Floyds debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), though it first appeared as the B-side of their second... The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is Pink Floyds debut album and the only one made under Syd Barretts leadership, although he made some contributions to the follow-up, A Saucerful of Secrets. ...

References

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (ed.). (2007). "Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles". 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-9233243.
  2. ^ Hartshorne, Henry. (1881). "The Household Cyclopedia of General Information". New York: Thomas Kelly.
  3. ^ Warrack, Alexander (1982). "Chambers Scots Dictionary". Chambers. ISBN 0-550-11801-2.

See also

Look up scarecrow in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... A typical propane gas gun bird scarer. ... Klopotec from Slovenske Gorice has four wings A klopotec is a wooden mechanical device on a high wooden pole, similar to a windmill. ... Modern Kostroma Kostroma is a straw scarecrow of a girl burnt by East Slavs during the carnival season, or Maslenitsa. ... Henohenomoheji (へのへのもへじ) or hehenonomoheji (へへののもへじ) is a face drawn by Japanese schoolchildren using hiragana characters. ...

External links

  • British history of the scarecrow
  • Photo of a crow trap in Australia

Bibliography

Scarecrow Fact and Fable, Peter Haining, 1986


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A scarecrow is a device (traditionally a mannequin) that is used to discourage birds like crows from disturbing crops.
The scarecrow was commonly used in 19th century English Literature, as shown by its presence in the L.
Another animated scarecrow from children's fiction was Worzel Gummidge, who first appeared in series of novels by Barbara Euphan Todd in the 1930s, and later in a popular television adaptation.
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