It is said that talking birds will stand on their patron’s right shoulder to counsel peace, and on the left to counsel war.
It is said that, if a man is so overcome by grief that he opens the grave of his female beloved and has intercourse with the body, nine months later a hideous, disembodied flying head will erupt from the grave. These heads have the mouths of dogs and will bite the innocent, especially upon the buttocks and genitals, and in the case of female victims on the breasts.
A talking bird will often attach him- or herself to a powerful human as an advisor. It seems to me that some may have made their way to our world. One thinks of the legendary ravens of Odin (and of the Celtic god Lugus). Similarly, the owl was the symbol of Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom. In more recent times, Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie is said to have taken advice from a bird which he believed contained the spirit of his dead mother.
A fund hedge is a small bush whose fruit is the most common currency of the area from which its soil comes. Thus, when planted in Telelelene soil, it will grow cowrie shells.
The fact that it is a bush has led to the Telelelene saying that “money doesn’t grow on trees.”
A ziggurant has the appearance of a gigantic ant- about the size of a horse- which carries on its back an ant about the size of a foal, which in turn carries an ant about the size of a large dog, and so on. Some believe that the creature consists of an infinite number of ever-smaller components.
There aren’t nearly enough dangerous animals in Australia.
It is well known that lions, being the rulers of beasts, will not harm a reigning monarch, but will inevitably seize upon and devour a deposed one.
There are two certain ways to tell a rat from a mouse.
If a flute is played with sufficient skill, then mice will dance but rats will not.
However, if one addresses the creature in rhymes of sufficient skill, then a rat will become sick if it does not die, while a mouse will not be harmed.
Some scholars speculate that Dreamtime Octopuses are merely octopuses that have been given intelligence by magic or technology (or the descendants of such), and that the Dreamtime is their confused memory of life in the sea before they gained intelligence.
This island is populated by tools which have gained life, and resent their owners due to being left out in the rain, or otherwise not cared for properly.
Visitors to the island are advised that they may be stalked by obsessive fans.