Michel Pireu Columnist

Richard Feynman recalls a bird story when he was very young, playing in the field with other kids:

"… and one kid said to me: "See that bird? What kind of bird is that?!" and I said: "I haven’t the slightest idea of what kind of a bird it is." He says "It’s a brown throated thrush" or something… and the kid adds, "Your father doesn’t teach you anything". But it was the opposite. My father had taught me, when looking at a bird: "Do you know what type of a bird that is? It’s a brown throated thrush. But in Portuguese it is a Unta da Pero, in Italian a Chutto la Piquirita, in Chinese it is a Chung Won Ta, in Japanese a Patarato Korecha, etc.

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